Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Miniature Rafflesia

If you go to Sarawak. it is worthwhile to head to Gunong Gading. Gading is the home to numerous rare plants including the world's largest flower, the Rafflesia tuan-mudae (bunga pakma) At full bloom this giant flower streches nearly one meter in width. Unfortunately when I went to Lundu, it wasn't the flowering season. The flowers look and smell like rotting flesh, hence its local names which translate to "corpse flower" or "meat flower"

My friend in Singapore grew this miniature rafflesia. She says it has a distinct odor but not overpowering as the real Rafflesia.

Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It was discovered in the Indonesian rain forest by an Indonesian guide working for Dr. Joseph Arnold in 1818, and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles.


The JR said...

I luv the design on the bloom. If the real one smells that bad, I don't think I would grow one.

Good thing the mini does not have as bad of an odor.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Nice to see my beautiful cactus flower plant in your blog. At the moment it is not blooming. After taking the photos, it flowers three more times . My plant is a cactus, not the same family of the rafflesia of Sarawak which is a parasitic flowering plant.

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

That is really an interesting flower. The fact that it smells like rotting flesh is gross though! I have a super sense of smell and it is a curse at times...I probably wouldn't be able to get very close to this plant. :<)

I went to your carved watermelon post & left a message. Have a great week!

Lavender and Vanilla Friends of the Gardens said...

I like these sort of unusual flowers. I had a similar one and it SMELLED! I have lost it somehow! This is a nice specie. The African Tulip tree in my garden comes from the same Stapelia family and the gorgeous looking tulip flowers are on the nose as well but they re high up, so it does not matter.

Unknown said...

Can a miniature Rafflesia appear in someones garden and then a week later disappear,and keep doing that over and over again? And has there ever been a sighting of one in Sydney Australia.