Decayed Rafflesia Flower and Buds on Host Vine, Gunung Gading National Park
The Rafflesia has no roots, leaves, or stem. Most of its time is spent inside the roots and stems of its host, the Tetrastigma vine, shown here with two buds and a blackened, decaying flower. (Brian K. Smith photo.)
To learn more about the amazing Rafflesia, read Rick Green's article, "Borneo Beauty Attracts with Scent of Rotting Flesh".