This is the largest type of flower

The flowers can be extraordinarily large, and also extraordinarily small. Let’s start with the biggest.

The Rafflesia arnoldii can reach 91 centimeters in width and 11 kilograms in mass. It’s a truly large flower, almost from a cartoon or psychedelic trip.

This flower is native to Southeast Asia, and it lacks leaves, stem, and roots. It grows parasitically inside a type of tropical vine, where its flowers open and develop.

The flowers, which give off a strong fetid odor (similar to that of rotting meat), are capable of emitting heat. It is believed that both mechanisms serve to mimic the heat and smell of a dead animal and attract the attention of carrion flies, which are the insects that pollinate it.

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