Bestowing a title for “largest flower” is not always as simple as measuring blooms.
Indeed, Amorphophallus titanum which has an inflorescence that can grow 10 feet in height, is not small by any definition. Unlike Rafflesia, however, this large structure is not a single flower, but rather hundreds of small buds on a single stalk.
Native to Sumatra, Indonesia, the plant remains rare there but is now cultivated in gardens around the world. Still, blooms remain infrequent both in the wild and in captivity.
Like Rafflesia, Amorphophallus titanum attracts pollinators with the smell of rotting meat, meaning that the two flowers battle for the nickname “corpse flower” in addition to the largest flower superlative.
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