Flowers play a large role in our society today. Mainly, they beautify our place. They give color to our surroundings and they also add different scents and fragrance wherever they may be. Flowers are used to congratulate, welcome, or even bid farewells to people we meet. Basically, because of their beauty, they are used to convey messages, the most common of which is a confession of love. Yeah, it sounds cheesy. But let’s face it. People, especially women, actually appreciate receiving flowers because of their aroma; aside from their aesthetic value. And a woman who is so in love with a flower’s being may probably yearn for the largest flower in the world. The thought of receiving the biggest flower in the world may sound appealing. But that would be the case if the woman doesn’t know what the biggest flower really is.
So what is the largest flower in the world? The largest flower is found in Southeast Asian lands. In the lands of the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra and the Philippines, one can find this flower that grows up to 1 meter in diameter. This five-petaled flower can also weigh up to 10 kilos or 22 pounds. However, not all good things associated with flowers can also be characterized with this interesting flower. Now, what is the largest flower in the world? It is the Rafflesia, found in May 1818 by Dr. Joseph Arnold, and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.
Rafflesia is a parasitic flowering plant that has approximately 28 known species in the world; the largest of which is Rafflesia arnoldii. Rafflesia is an endoparasite plant; it doesn’t have any visible leaves, stem and roots. It has an absorptive organ that allows it to be attached on a host plant. From the host plant, the rafflesia gets its water and nutrients. It takes up to 10 months for this flower to bloom from its first visible bud. However, this flower is more popular with its very particular characteristic. When in full bloom, the flower emits a repugnant odor; something close to the smell of rotting meat. While this odor is in no way attractive for us, it is on the other hand, alluring for the insects that transport pollen from male to female flowers.
Today, the rafflesia is Indonesia’s official state flower. It has also been made as the official state flower of Sabah in Malaysia and Surat Thani province from Thailand. Although this flower isn’t exactly what most of us would want to receive, it is definitely one of the most interesting flowers in the planet.