This flower may literally stink, it’s kind of known as the corpse flower after all, but the fact that it is critically endangered with no active conservation efforts in place means it deserves your attention!
This rare and spectacular plant is an enormous parasite that blooms in the rainforest of countries such as Borneo, Java, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand. With petals that have been recorded as large as 3 feet wide, the Rafflesia flower is the largest single flower in the world. The flowering itself can take up to ten months to develop, but may not last for more than a few days. They get their commonly referred to name as “the corpse flower” from their distinct smell – rotting flesh.
Given their short lifecycle, small population size, and very specific habitat specialization needs with widespread rainforest degradation and habitat destruction, the Rafflesia flower has been listed by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Critically Endangered.
Currently, no conservation actions are in place. To find out more about what you can do, please visit the Botanic Gardens Conservation International.