The Rafflesia Flower





Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species, all found in southeastern Asia, on Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia, Sumatra, Thailand and the Philippines.

The flower with the world's largest bloom is the Rafflesia arnoldii. This rare flower is found in the rainforests of Malaysia. It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. It attaches itself to a host plant to obtain water and nutrients. When in bloom, the Rafflesia emits a repulsive odor, similar to that of rotting meat. This odor attracts insects that pollinate the plant.

Another enormous flower found in Indonesia is the Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum. It is also known as the "corpse flower" for its unpleasant odor. Like the Rafflesia, the Titan emits the smell of rotting flesh to attract pollinators. Technically, the Titan arum is not a single flower. It is a cluster of many tiny flowers, called an inflorescence. The Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 7 to 12 feet and weigh as much as 170 pounds!


Other Attractions





Related Tour itineraries




Batu Caves, Cameron Highlands, Mossy Forest and Rainforest Hiking


30010 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Cameron Highlands, Mossy Forest and Rainforest Hiking


30011 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Taman Negara


42001 | Private Day Tour

Taman Negara with Lata Berkoh


42002 | Private Day Tour

Taman Negara


42003 | 2 Days Overland Tour

Taman Negara and Firefly


42004 | 2 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves and Taman Negara


42005 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Taman Negara and Firefly


42006 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary and Taman Negara


42007 | 2 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary and Taman Negara


42008 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara and Firefly


42009 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara and Orang Utan Island


42010 | 3 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Firefly


42011 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Firefly


42012 | 5 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Orang Utan Island


42013 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Orang Utan Island


42014 | 5 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara and Cameron Highlands


42015 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara and Cameron Highlands


42016 | 5 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Firefly


42017 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Firefly


42018 | 5 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Orang Utan Island


42019 | 4 Days Overland Tour

Batu Caves, Elephant Sanctuary, Taman Negara, Cameron Highlands and Orang Utan Island


42020 | 5 Days Overland Tour