Closeup of Decaying Rafflesia, Gunung Gading National Park
Closeup of a blackened Rafflesia beginning to decay. It is difficult to predict seeing a flower in bloom because they have no set flowering season, survive for no more than five days, and within that time frame, must have male and female blossoms open simultaneously for successful pollination. While open, the flowers give off a rotting flesh odor to attract carrion flies that transport the pollen from male to female. After germination, it takes one month before a small, dark brown bud appears. (Brian K. Smith photo.)
To learn more about the amazing Rafflesia, read Rick Green's article, "Borneo Beauty Attracts with Scent of Rotting Flesh".