Here are some interesting facts about the worlds largest flower. Rafflesia Arnoldii is the Latin name for an obligate parasites of plants which is known for having very large flowers. It is commonly known as “Padma Raksasa” and “Bunga Bangkai” in Indonesia.It is a parasitic plant that grows on plant tissues (liana) Tetrastigma and do not have leaves of their own, therefore, can not photosynthesize.
Rafflesia arnoldii also known to be called Kerubut (Devil’s Betel-nut Box). Dan Nickrent, botanist from the ‘Southern Illinois University’ of Carbondale, is known this plant by “queen of all the parasitic organisms”.
Rafflesia Arnoldi is recognized as one of the three Indonesian National flower, along with the white jasmine and moon orchid. Rafflesia Arnoldi officially declared as a national “rare flower”.
Species: R. arnoldii
Prof. Syabuddin of Andalas University measured a flower of diameter of around 105cm which is approximately 3.4ft in the palupah nature reserve near Sumatra. An interesting fact is that it was the greatest measurement more than the generally assumption of Rafflesia Arnoldii can grow to one meter (3 ft). Rafflesia Arnoldii can weighing up to 10 kg.
It is one of plant that produces no leaves, stems or roots and does not have chlorophyll. The plant has a reddish brown colors of the petals, which are sprinkled with white freckles. and the largest flower bud ever recorded was found at Mount Sago, Sumatra in May 1956. It was 43cm in diameter.
There are many interesting facts about this flower out of which some are mentioned below:
1 Interesting fact about rafflesia : Rafflesia Arnoldii get its food from the plants that live on it, because this plant is classified as a parasite plant.
2 Interesting fact about rafflesia : The fruits of Rafflesia flowers are round and have a diameter of about 12 cm to 15 cm. This fruit contains many seeds favored by squirrels and rats.
3 Interesting fact about rafflesia: Rafflesia is the official state flower of Sabah in Malaysia, as well as the official state flower of Surat Thani Province, Thailand
4 Interesting fact about rafflesia : Rafflesia Arnoldii has no root and no stem.
5 Interesting fact about rafflesia : Rafflesia Arnoldii and Bunga Bangkai is two different flower. Many thought that both of it is the same but actually they’re very much different.
6 Interesting fact about rafflesia: When it blooms, the size of it can reach 1 meter while weighing 11 kilograms.
7 Interesting fact about rafflesia : Rafflesia Arnoldii has five flower crowns.
8 Interesting fact about rafflesia: Rafflesia Arnoldii can be found only in Indonesia.Most probably in the island of Sumatra.
9 Interesting fact about rafflesia: This flower after bloomig will last only for a week .
10 Interesting fact about rafflesia: Before growing and blooming, this flower will be hidden inside the host’s body for months.
11 Interesting fact about rafflesia: The flower of Rafflesia Arnoldii doesn’t has leaves, so it can not do photosynthesis like many plants in general.
12 Interesting fact about rafflesia: The naming of the Rafflesia Arnoldii flower is based on the combined name of Thomas Stamford Raffles as the expedition leader and Dr. Joseph Arnold as the discoverer of the flower.
13 Interesting fact about rafflesia: The Rafflesia flower habitat is a primary and secondary tropical forest, such as, Sumatra, Malaysia, Java, southern Thailand, Borneo, and southern Philippines.
14 Interesting fact about rafflesia: Rafflesia Arnoldii is not an insectivorous plant like many people thought. It wasn’t the same with Kantong Semar plant.