The rafflesia flower: the biggest flower in the world
We had the chance to photography the rafflesia flower in the jungle in east of Thailand after two days of walk and research with a guide. Rafflesia is known to be the biggest flower in the world. It can measure 3 feet (1 meter) and weight 22 pounds (10 kg). The rafflesia flower is known as "corpse flower". It is an endoparasiteof vines in the genus Tetrastigma, spreading its root-like haustoria inside the tissue of the vine. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the five-petaled flower. The flower look and smell like rotting meat, hence its local names which translate to "corpse flower" or "meat flower". The vile smell that the flower gives off attracts insects such as carrion flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. It is an endangered specie.