Thursday, January 31, 2013

World's largest flower

Rafflesia arnoldii is found only in the rainforests of Benkulu, Sumatra Island, Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s the largest single flower on earth, and grows as a parasite on a particular species of vine, wrapping thread-like strands of tissue around its host in order to bleed it of water and nutrients.

I saw this in the midst of channel surfing the other day.  I only watched it for ten seconds or so but I figured I'd look it up later.

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