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The World's largest Flower

On May 20, 1818, the British explorer and founder of Singapore, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles reported the finding of a giant flower in Sumatra.
It was named Rafflesia after him.
Measuring almost a metre across and weighing upto 11 kilograms, the Rafflesia is the world's largest flower!
This strange fleshy flower has no visible leaves or stem. It grows directly from the lower stems or roots of jungle vines from which it sucks up nutrition.
The Rafflesia has a nauseating smell and for this reason it is sometimes called 'Stinking Corpse Lily'. Yet people who have been fortunate to see this rare flower report being overwhelmed by its beauty.

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