Huge and strange flower blooms in Indonesian rainforest

A rare, giant flower is currently blooming in the rainforest of West Sumatra in Indonesia.

Rafflesia tuan-mudae, which is mainly found in Sarawak, is from the same family as Rafflesia arnoldii, which is the largest single flower in the world.

This Rafflesia tuan-mudae flower blooming in the rainforest of  Indonesia is reportedly to be the largest Rafflesia tuan-mudae flower in the world, which reaches 111 centimeters in diameter.

Typically the flowers of Rafflesia tuan-mudae are around 60 centimeters in diameter and opens from a 20-centimeter bud. Occasionally these buds can reach 30 centimeters in diameter, in which case a flower nearly one meter in diameter may form.

Flowers from Rafflesia Family are well-known for their strange look and scent that attract certain insects to pollinate. Some people call this type of flowers "corpse flower" because of their pungent scent.

(Editor: Xu Chenlu)

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Source(s): AP