For millions of years, flowers have dotted the landscape. Their simple manipulative evolutionary innovation—using color and scent to trick insects and animals into doing their bidding—has persisted and proven to be highly effective. Today, flowering plants are among the most diverse classes of life on the planet.
Far from the garden varieties, these massive flowers show just how far the adaptations have been pushed.
Among all of the large flowers, Rafflesia arnoldi
produces the largest single bloom. Native to rainforests of Indonesia
and Malaysia, the flower can be up to three feet in diameter and has weighed in at more than 24 pounds.
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