From the world's largest bird to the biggest fungus and flower, these colossuses of their classes take the prize for size.
What a wonderful world we live in, populated with such an abundance of living things great and small. And while the most minute of the bunch go unseen by the naked eye, the big guys grab our attention. But Mother Nature is nothing if not sly; the biggest organism on the planet (see page 10) went undetected until just the end of the 20th century. (And we think we're so smart!) The largest living members of each particular species are a fascinating crowd, allow us to introduce you to some of the superstars. First up, the planet's brawniest blossom.