World’s largest flower 4ft wide found in Indonesia

A bright red flower reeking of decomposing flesh has bloomed in Indonesia which is more than three feet across (117cm), making it one of the biggest flowers in the world.

Rafflesia tuan-mudae has large petals and blossomed in the Indonesian rainforest before dying after just a week.

Local reports claim the flower is the first of a group of five of the flowers expected to bloom.

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The massive flower called Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae is 46 inches (117cm) wide – the biggest of its species ever grown.

Rafflesia is the name of a large group of plants all of which smell of rotting flesh to attract flies and carrion beetles.

The plants lives as a parasite on vines, but only blooms for a few days at a time.

These flies them swarm to the stench and pollinate the flower in its short lifespan.

All Rafflesia plants smell like rotting flesh, and this particular species has a relatively mild odour.

Other plants in the genus can grow ever larger and one, Rafflesia Arnoldii, inspired the Pokemon character Vileplume.

Ade Putra, from the Indonesia conservation board, said: ‘For this type of species, the diameter is quite large.

‘In 2017 we encountered the same flower with a 107cm diameter.’


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