Rafflesia is a genus of flowering plants. They are found in southeastern Asia, on the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand and the Philippines. They are the biggest single flowers in the world. In one species the flowers can be over a meter (three feet) across.
|Rafflesia arnoldii flower and bud|
Rafflesia is a parasite, and does not use chlorophyll. The plant has no stem, leaves or true roots. It lives inside vines of the genus Tetrastigma (Vitaceae). It spreads its absorptive organ, the haustorium, inside the tissue of the vine. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the flower.
- VJR Rafflesia Reserve, Forestry Department Sabah, Malaysia
- As contrasted to the Titan arum (Amorphophallus titanum), which has the largest unbranched inflorescence, and the Talipot palm (Corypha umbraculifera), which has the largest branched inflorescence .
- Library of Congress. "What is the largest flower in the world?". Retrieved August 28, 2012.
- Western Michigan University. "Rafflesia". Retrieved August 28, 2012.
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