Rafflesia schadenbegiana

World's largest flower -- Rafflesia schadenbegiana was recently discovered in a CBFM area at Sitio Kalanganan, Barangay San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon. This is the only population of Rafflesia schadenbegiana that is currently flowering. The species was last seen in 1882 in Mt. Apo and was believed to be extinct until its recent find. The genus Rafflesia holds the record as the world’s largest flowers measuring as wide as 1 meter. It only flowers for 5 to 6 days at most before the petals blacken and flower withers. The odor is likened to rotting meat and attracts bluebottle flies for pollination. (PAWD/RPAO-10)

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