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World’s largest flower’ spotted in Indonesia


Size matters: An official measuring the rafflesia at Maninjau Forest Conservation in Agam region, West Sumatra. — Xinhua

Padang: Indonesian conservationists say they have spotted the biggest specimen ever of what’s already been billed as one of the world’s largest flowers.

The giant Rafflesia tuan-mudae – a fleshy red flower with white blister-like spots on its enormous petals – came in at a whopping 111cm in diameter.

That is bigger than the previous record of 107cm on a bloom also found in the jungles of West Sumatra several years ago.

“This is the largest Rafflesia tuan-mudae that has ever been documented, ” said Ade Putra at the Agam Conservation Agency in Sumatra.

The flower’s bloom will only last about one week before it withers and rot, he added.

It was named Rafflesia after British colonialist Sir Stamford Raffles, who spotted one in Indonesia in the early 19th century. — AFP

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