Senin, 03 Maret 2008

What is the largest flower in the world?

The giant rafflesia is the largest flower in the world, weighing up to 7 kg (15 lb) and measuring up to 91 cm (about 36 in) wide. Found in rain forests of Malaysia and Indonesia, the flowers emit the stench of rotting meat to attract certain flies.
Bios/Peter Arnold, Inc.

Question : What is the largest flower in the world?
Answer   :  
The Rafflesia arnoldii.

The flower with the world's largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Indonesia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It attaches itself to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients. When in bloom, the Rafflesia emits a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat. This odor attracts insects that pollinate the plant.

Another enormous flower found in Indonesia is the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum. It is also known as the "corpse flower" for its unpleasant odor. Like the Rafflesia, the Titan emits the smell of rotting flesh to attract pollinators. Technically, the Titan arum is not a single flower. It is a cluster of many tiny flowers, called an inflorescence. The Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 7 to 12 feet and weigh as much as 170 pounds!


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