March 17, 2007
The Largest Flower on Earth
Rafflesia arnoldii reeks of rotting flesh and doesn't have any leaves, stems, or roots, but it still makes me think of quirky space plants and video game vegetation. It's the world's largest flower, and it can only be found in Indonesia. Unfortunately, like most things on planet earth, it's in danger of extinction. If you think this flower looks too bizarre to exist, it's probably because sooner or later it might not.