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6 of the Biggest Flowers on Earth

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6 of the Biggest Flowers on Earth

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger

For millions of years, flowers have dotted the landscape. Their simple manipulative evolutionary innovation—using color and scent to trick insects and animals into doing their bidding—has persisted and proven to be highly effective. Today, flowering plants are among the most diverse classes of life on the planet.

Far from the garden varieties, these massive flowers show just how far the adaptations have been pushed.

Rafflesia arnoldii

Among all of the large flowers, Rafflesia arnoldi produces the largest single bloom. Native to rainforests of Indonesia and Malaysia, the flower can be up to three feet in diameter and has weighed in at more than 24 pounds.

More than its size, however, Rafflesia is known for its scent. Dubbed the “corpse flower,” the large bloom reeks of rotting meat—an adaptation it has developed to attract the flies that help pollinate the plant.

The unusual flower only grows on the tendrils of the Tetrastigma vine, which in turn only grows in pristine rainforest—meaning Rafflesia arnoldii‘s habitat is rapidly disappearing.

Related: 5 Foul-Smelling Flowers from Around the World

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9:57PM PDT on Mar 24, 2014

Such an informative blog I also love the flowers really!
flowers Rockingham

2:15PM PST on Jan 16, 2014

interesting

1:13AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thank you :)

10:48AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Wild stuff, love the pics. Interesting about why the stinky plant is why it is. Nature has some interesting tricks. Thanks.

10:09AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Thank you, nature does not stop amazing me.

3:12AM PST on Dec 29, 2013

Wow!

5:43PM PDT on Aug 10, 2013

Nice pictues and post thank you

8:10AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Love flowers! And these are really something--especially the stinker! Thanks

10:38PM PDT on Jun 9, 2013

wow thanks

2:27AM PDT on Jun 6, 2013

Thanks

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