A leafless, rootless, stemless plant and the world’s largest flower sounds like material from comics or true science fiction.

As we said, this Southeast Asian plant has the largest single flower in the world. It is a member of the genus Tetrastigma (in the grape family, Vitaceae). Most of the time it lives unseen within the woody stems and roots of its hosts.

This exotic flower is found in the rain forests of Indonesia. It can grow up to 3 feet wide and weigh up to 15 pounds! It attaches to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients. When it blooms, Rafflesia emits a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat. This smell attracts insects that pollinate the plant.

Rafflesia arnoldii images

Coming soon 😉

More exotic flowers.