We were told that the flower stinks even before we could see it. First, there was a waft of rotten fish smell, but as we neared the flower, we forgot all about the smell as we were awed by its gigantic beauty!
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|Rafflesia - in full bloom|
The inlaid photo boasts that the flower was 83 cms large, and can be reached within 3 minutes walk. A 5-6 year old girl (probably the owner's kid), guided along the short trek. Well, it took us about 10 minutes walk, but it was well worth.
The guide, the youngest one I've ever come across, was pretty good in explaining about flower. Here are some of the interesting stuff we heard from the guide:
- Rafflesia is poisonous, thatz why the flower was fenced off!
- Rafflesia is a parasitic plant that just absorbs food and nutrients from its host
- The flower can grow more than 100 cms in diameter
- The life of the flower is about 1 week, and
- It starts stinking terribly when it dies!
|Rafflesia - Offsprings!|
At least one bud will be around the full bloom, nature's way to preserve its species!
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