Smallest of giant flowers ‘accidentally’ discovered in the Philippines

Smallest of giant flowers ‘accidentally’ discovered in the Philippines

The Guardian: World News

On Luzon Island, scientists have accidentally discovered the smallest of the giant Rafflesia flowers, a species that may be critically endangered, reports Mongabay

In the rainforests of southeastern Asia, a parasitic plant called Rafflesia produces the world’s largest flowers. Some Rafflesia flowers, for instance, can be a meter and a half in diameter, and can weigh up to 22 pounds (or 10 kilograms). These flowers, called “corpse flower” locally, often smell like rotting flesh.

Now, on Luzon Island in the Phillipines, a team of scientists havediscovered the smallest of these giant flowers.

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