The biggest flower in the world — botanist gets up close with Rafflesia!


When people think of the natural wonders
of the plant kingdom Borneo is what springs to mind. But we’re here in the jungles of Peninsular
Malaysia. We’ve just walked into the great state of Kelantan, over the
border of Perak, and we want to see something entirely remarkable. First documented in the late 18th century by French botanist, Louis Deschamps, Rafflesia is the largest flower in the world.
At about 85 centimeters in diameter this specimen isn’t even the largest.
But Rafflesia kerrii, which we find here in northern Malaysia
and in southern Thailand, is the second largest species there is. Of the 15 or 20 species of Rafflesia recognised they’re all characterised by the same features: five perigon lobes which are equivalent to
the petals of any other flower and inside, a corollary disk which is specialised to release pheromones that, well, attract flies. Hence the common name of the “corpse flower”. It smells of rotting meat. About five days ago, this was a Rafflesia bloom in its prime. At approximately 110 centimetres across,
this is almost as large as these plants get, making this one of nature’s true spectacles. Here you can see a bloom of Rafflesia growing on its own vine tetrastigma. It’s about 20-25 centimeters across
and it’s about three days from flowering. At 30 centimeters across this bloom is just a day away from coming into flower.
At the moment it doesn’t smell of anything at all. But tomorrow is another day…

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100 thoughts on “The biggest flower in the world — botanist gets up close with Rafflesia!

  1. I feel like this is such an intimate documentary. The way he keeps posing at me screams "long walks on the beach" but the documentary screams "professionalism"

  2. Ninja Nonsense brought me here.

    Onsakumaru: 😕 What is that?

    Saskue: This is the world's largest flower Rafflesia Arnoldii.

    Onsakumaru: 😨 IT STINKS LIKE SHIT!!!

  3. Centimeters really fuck head. You guys need to get with it. Feet please. Who the fuck has time to cound out centimeters. Fucking stupid hhaahha

  4. They look like the things that chew you up and spit you out in Zelda games
    It's cool to see the real things that influence video games.

  5. They look like the things that chew you up and spit you out in Zelda games
    It's cool to see the real things that influence video games.

  6. Only found out these existed through Animal crossing. Always wondered why flies always flew around them in game XD

  7. at the last on ur video, don't u see Dienia or Crepidium orchid behind u, oo o, or just my illusion wkw. Greeting from Indonesia 🇮🇩

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