8 Surprising Facts about the Rafflesia

These are some facts you should know before you see this peculiar flower!

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It can grow up to 90cm in diameter. The largest one recorded is at Palupah Nature Reserve, Sumatera – it was 105cm!

Each flower can weigh up to 22 pounds or about 9.98kg.

The Rafflesia is also the official state flower of Indonesia, and Surat Thani Province in Thailand.

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It looks and smells like a corpse – it is like seeing a demagorgon from Stranger Things.

You’re very lucky if you manage to see this rare flower. Some  may not get the chance on their visit!

It doesn’t have chlorophyll to photosynthesize. So what on earth is this?

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This happens at the end of its short cycle, when it is ready to reproduce. The putrid smell lures flies that help to carry the pollen and transfer it to nearby Rafflesia plants, if any.

According to the WWF, not only is it highly localized, it is being threatened by deforestation, logging and ethno-botanical collecting for its supposed medicinal properties.

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