If you have not heard yet, you do now – Rafflesia. Considered as the largest flower in the world, Rafflesia arnoldii gives off the odor of stinking flesh to attract flies, blowflies, etc., that will act as their pollinating agents. Carrion flies swarm to Rafflesia, attracted by the scent of rotting meat—reportedly strongest around noon on the third or fourth day of the bloom, which lasts little more than a week.
“The flower is like a bar for these insects,” says professor of organismic and evolutionary biology Charles Davis, who first encountered the genus in a small village in northern Borneo while studying the region’s spectacular plant diversity. Welcome to the party in #rafflesiaarnoldii , we have enough for everyone.