The Beautiful Corpse Flower

Universally, flowers are meant to convey feelings from love to sympathy to anger. Most flowers are beautiful looking with vibrant colors and fragrant smells. Those flowers are always the center of attention, but this time let’s shine the limelight on the unusual flower called Rafflesia Arnoldii or famously known as Corpse Flower.

Rafflesia Arnoldii was discovered for the first time in 1818 by Dr. Joseph Arnold during Thomas Standford Raffles’s expedition to the Sumatran Forest, hence the name Rafflesia Arnoldii. This flower doesn’t have a stem, a root, or leaves. The bud emerged from the ground, and it takes more than 3 years to bloom. Once fully bloomed, the flower will emit a strong pungent odor similar to a corpse to attract bugs and other critters. Within two days, the flower will wilt and die.

Rafflesia Arnoldii is also one of the largest flowers in the world. The diameter of the flower can reach 100cm. The flower is also a parasitic plant. It grows by taking supplies for the host plant which usually is a root of a tree. 

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