Naturally, if Rafflesia Arnoldii into one of three National Interest Indonesia (the other two months orchids and white jasmine flowers) remember this flower was first found in the tropical forests of Bengkulu, precisely near the River Manna, Lubuk But South Bengkulu. The discovery of a giant flower was first known to occur in 1818. Because it was found in Bengkulu, Bengkulu then also known as The Land of Rafflesia Rafflesia Arnoldii.
For your information, giant lotus, also known as the corpse flower is a parasitic plant that obigat because it has very large flowers, and even referred to as the largest flower in the world.
These flowers grow vines and leafless so unable to photosynthesize. The flowers look and smell like rotting meat, because it is called the “corpse flower”.
Diameter of flowers when in bloom can reach one meter and weighs about 11 kilograms. Flowers suck inorganic and organic elements of the host plant Tetrastigma.
The only part that could be called as “plant” is a network that grows on vines Tetrastigma. Flower has five petals that surround the part that looks like the mouth of a keg.
On the basis of interest are part of such thorny disc, containing the stamens or pistils, depending on the sex of flowers, male or female. Animal pollinators are flies are attracted by the stench that issued interest.
Interest only lasted about a week (5-7 days) and then wither and die. The percentage of fertilization is very small because the male flowers and female flowers bloom very rarely get together in a week. That is, if there are flies that come fertilize.
A Rafflesia Arnoldii flower can grow up to a diameter of 1 meter. But there are also reaching a diameter of 1.05 meters, the Rafflesia flower Arnoldii found in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra.
I wonder if the flower is called a giant flower. Because in addition to its large, the weight can reach 11 kilograms.
Rafflesia Arnoldii flower buds are also very large. With a shape like a cabbage plant, flower buds can reach a diameter of 30-43 cm.
Corresponding name of the inventor
Rafflesia Arnoldii name taken from the name of employer Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles who led the way to explore the coast of Sumatra. While Arnoldii named after Dr. Joseph Arnold who find such interest in the journey along Raffles.
Because it is a parasitic plant, the Rafflesia Arnoldii have no roots, leaves and stalk like other flowers in general. Unfortunately, the life of this flower bloom relatively short time. This interest only lasted about a week (5-7 days) only and then wither and die. Rafflesia Arnoldii also has a very pungent odor, like rotting meat. But this strong aroma that it attracts flies come to pollinate them.
To commemorate 25 years of Rafflesia Arnoldii used as the National Flower, today Google released the animated image of this flower as a Google Doodle.