Rafflesia - The largest flower in the world is a parasite
Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong! Black ants of the genus may feed on the developing flower buds, perhaps killing them.
In the Philippines, on the Malay Peninsula, and on the islands of Java, Sumatra, and Borneo, where these plants grow from vines trailing across the rainforest floor, Rafflesia are celebrated.
It was named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, an adventurer and founder of British colony of Singapore.
Journal of Tropical Life Science.
These flowers emerge from very large, cabbage-like, maroon or dark brown buds typically about 30 cm 12 in wide, but the largest and the largest flower bud ever recorded found at , Sumatra in May 1956 was 43 cm 17 in in diameter.
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