Rafflesia arnoldii - Largest Blooming Flower in the World
Not really a pretty sight, but the Rafflesia arnoldii is considered the largest flower in the world and located in only one spot in the world, Sabah, Malaysia, which is on the island of Borneo. When you visit Sabah, they post sightings of this flower at each hotel as it is also very rare that one is available for viewing. We were "lucky" to have one in its early state of decay as pictured. This flower grows on the ground and rarely blossoms.

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Media ID 201105281741358  
Date Fri Aug 06, '10 08:37AM
Comments 4
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Uploaded By Richard P Schoettger
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Date/Time Fri Aug 06, '10 04:37PM
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Interesting flower. Can you say how large these get (diameter)? It is helpful in images like this to have a reference point for a sense of scale. Sometimes just a wider angle view for context can do the trick.

Edited on Saturday, May 28 2011 @ 10:00 AM EDT by Walter

Hi Walter,

Yes, that is a good idea.  When we finally made it to the site, is was roped off and we were back quite far.  Had to use the 105mm to get this close.   According to the facts, this is a huge speckled five-petaled flower with a diameter up to 106 cm, and weighing up to 10 kg.  I do not think this one was that big, probably about 2/3 that size.  It's closest relative is the poinsettia and is actually a unisex plant.   It is also a parasite, but now is considered an endangered species.   Very few around.  I would not say it was an OMG when I saw it, as it is very ugly!   Smells bad too.    Thanks! 

Very interesting, I like the fact that the centre of the flower is not black and there is just enough detail to show that it is hollow. I wonder if this is an insect eating plant (that would account for the smell...).

Wow, lucky you, to be able to sight this before this decayed ... !!! Thanks for sharing this trivia and the photo Smile