Rafflesia

The huge rafflesia flower, the biggest in the world, looks and smells like rotting meat. The plants are invisible, having no stems or leaves, with their roots imbedded in the vines that they parasitize. Then a cabbage size bud appears and turns into this flower. This parasitic plant attracts our concern because of its rarity and the possibility that it may be on the verge of extinction due to habitat loss. Questions about the "corpse flower" will find their answers here.

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Do rafflesias eat people?

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The Rafflesia plant is a parasite, not a carnivorous plant. It doesn't eat anything or anybody. It does, however, grow as a parasite inside a particular vine in undisturbed rainforests, taking all its nourishment from the vine. The raffesia plant does not show any roots, stems or leaves but it does make one heck of a flower!
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What does a rafflesia look like?

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The rafflesia plant has no stems, leaves or visible roots, since it is a parasite that lives entirely within a vine in the rain forest. Only the cabbage size bud or the huge flower is visible. The flower can be over three feet (one meter) wide and weigh 24 pounds (11 kilograms). It looks and smells like rotting meat to attract insects for pollination. It is the largest flower in the world. The related links below show pictures of the flower.
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How do Rafflesia reproduce?

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Although the parasitic Rafflesia arnaldii plant lives within its host vine and has no visible leaves, stems or roots, it does occasionally produce a flower. This huge, stinking flower attracts insects which carry pollen from the male flowers to pollinate female flowers. The fruits are eaten by animals and the hard coated seeds are spread through the rainforest. Only the seeds that fall onto the right host vine have a chance of surviving.
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Why do rafflesia arnoldiis have a bad odor?

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As the bad odour will attract flies and the flies will polinate the flower.
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What kind of plant is rafflesia arnoldii?

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it is a parasitic plant like rafflesia
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How does the rafflesia flower get its food?

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The Rafflesia arnaldii plant is a parasite. It lives as a collection of thread-like filaments within its host vine, absorbing food and water from the vine. The only time any of it is visible is when it pushes out its cabbage size flower bud which opens into a three foot (one meter) wide flower weighing up to 24 pounds (11 kilograms).
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How does the huge flower of the rafflesia plant attract insects?

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The huge flower of the parasitic Rafflesia arnoldii attracts flies and other insects to pollinate it by having a reddish-brown color and stinking like rotting meat. That is why it is called the 'corpse flower'. The flower has a diameter of 3 ft (1 meter) and weighs up to 24 pounds (11 kilograms).
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What is the habitat of the rafflesia flower?

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the amazon rain forest in Asia
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Why is rafflesia an endangered plant?

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Because of the loss of habitat as human population clears rainforest
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What is the rafflesia diet?

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Flies and insects
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What is the difference between rafflesia and titan arum?

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The Rafflesia arnoldii is world's largest bloom.It can grow to be 3 feet across and weigh up to 15 pounds! It is a parasitic plant, with no visible leaves, roots, or stem. ON THE OTHER HAND.... Amorphophallus titanum, or Titan arum also known as the "corpse flower" is not a single flower. It is a cluster of many tiny flowers, called an inflorescence. The Titan arum has the largest unbranched inflorescence of all flowering plants. The plant can reach heights of 7 to 12 feet and weigh as much as 170 pounds!
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What is the mode of nutrition in rafflesia?

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the rafflessia plant follows the parasitic mode of nutrition.due to the absence of chlorophyll in its body,rafflessiadepends upon others.it grows on the roots of the host plant. it absorbs readymade food of the host plant by sucking. in this way it completes its nutrition. rafflessia is the biggest flowering plant of the world.
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Why is a rafflesia important to the rainforest?

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The Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew in England has a very detailed profile of the rafflesia plant. According to Kew, this plant is native to southeastern Asia and is actually a parasitic plant. It has the distinction of being the largest flower in the world. The flowers smell like rotting flesh which attracts carrion-flies who pollinate the flowers. The flower buds can be used as medicine, but some of the medicinal uses are believed to be tied to superstition more than to sound medical science. Small mammals are able to eat the berries produced from the flower. More than anything though, rafflesia has become a popular symbol and pictures of it are published in tourist brochures and on postage stamps. Ecotourism revenue that helps support local residents is also generated from tourists who visit forested areas to see rafflesia flowers in the wild. I also read through a short encyclopedia-style article on The National Library Board of Singapore's Infopedia website. It says that rafflesia flower buds are eaten as a delicacy in Thailand. It also gives several specific examples of how the rafflesia is used as a medicine: childbirth, energy drink, aphrodisiac. This website agrees with Kew in saying that there is no scientific evidence to support the claim of any actual medical powers. Ironically, several potentially toxic chemicals have been identified within the buds and flowers. So, you may want to think twice before eating a rafflesia!
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How does a rafflesia adapt to the rainforest?

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i have no clue i am not good at things like this! :)
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Is rafflesia an endangered plant?

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Yes, a rafflesia is an endangered plant.
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What does Rafflesia attracts?

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the rafflesia attracts flies , which in turn pollinate the rafflesia
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Are rafflesia flowers poisonous?

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no it isn't but stinks!
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Why Rafflesia flower smells of rotting meat?

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Because they are trying to attract a certain type of insect that feeds off rotting meat. The insects pollinate the flowers.
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What are 2 adaptations of the rafflesia flower?

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One adaptation is that the Plant smells like rotting meat to attract flies. Those flies spread the pollen from the flower. This adaptation is physical. Another adaptation would be that it attaches itself to highgrowing plants so it can reach the canopy of the rainforest.