Rafflesia Tuan-Mudae, Gunung Gading National Park
The Rafflesia tuan-mudae is a parasitic plant native to Gunung Gading National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia. It is one of approximately 28 Rafflesia species found only in sub-montane forests on Borneo, Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, in Thailand, and the Philippines. The Rafflesia is a rare, unusual plant, noteworthy for having the largest and heaviest individual flower in the world. They are typically 60 centimetres in diameter, but can grow as large as one metre across. (Brian K. Smith photo.)
To learn more about the amazing Rafflesia, read Rick Green's article, "Borneo Beauty Attracts with Scent of Rotting Flesh".