Rafflesia Kerrii, West Malaysia Darling ; 7 days of " Rotting meat " flower
Rafflesia Kerrii, a parasitic flowering plant, part of a family of 28 similar species,calling its home in West Malaysia. Rafflesia was initially found in Indonesia rain forest by Joseph Arnold in 1818 and named after Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles, the leader of the expedition. The plant has no stem, leaves or true roots. The endoparasite spread its absorptive organ, the haustorium, inside the tissue of the jungle vine.The visible part of this parasitic plant is the five-petaled flower. It is usually 1.5 ft to 3ft in diameter. It takes nine months to blossom and dies after 7 days.
Rafflesia kerrii is common to West Malaysia ; whilst Rafflesia Pricei, Tengku-adlinii, Keithii and Arnoldii is native to Borneo Island. Rafflesia usually have male and female flower to help in pollination but some Raflesia are bi-sexual.- Photos conribution : Jeffrey Yeoh, Joseph Yong
Aug 11, 2012