It’s the world’s largest flower!
A species of the world’s largest flower, Rafflesia philippensis is a parasitic flower-plant without a stem, leaves or true roots. It is also known for its distinct pungent odour, similar to that of rotten flesh odour. It was found in the mountains of Sierra Madre in Aurora. Rafflesia can grow up to 1 meter across, can reach 5 feet in height and weigh up to 11 kilos.
Rising up to 1,000 meter above sea level, Aurora Memorial National Park spans more than 5,000 hectares of mostly lowland dipterocarp forests in the Sierra Madre mountain range.
This particular species is endemic to the area and is just one of ten endemic Philippine species. Over half of the world’s known species of Rafflesia are unique to the country, making the Philippines the global hotspot of Rafflesia edging out even Malaysia and Borneo.
It’s amazing what can regenerate. New species grow when nature is left alone on its own with no human contact, especially in agricultural.