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Rafflesia keithii (Corpse Flower in EN/Bunga pakma in Malay) Seen in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo (2015).<br />
This Rafflesia is endemic to Sabah, Borneo and can grow up to 1 m in diameter.<br />
Rafflesias are parasitic flowering plants. The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. It is a holoparasite of vines in the genus Tetrastigma (Vitaceae), spreading its absorptive organ, the haustorium, inside the tissue of the vine. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the five-petaled flower. <br />
The flowers look and smell like rotting flesh, hence its local names which translate to &quot;corpse flower&quot; or &quot;meat flower&quot;. The foul odor attracts insects such as flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. Most species have separate male and female flowers, but a few have hermaphroditic flowers. Little is known about seed dispersal. R. keithii is found along the eastern slopes of Mount Kinabalu in the Lohan Valley of Sabah. Fall,Geotagged,Malaysia,Rafflesia keithii Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Rafflesia keithii (Corpse Flower in EN/Bunga pakma in Malay)

Seen in Ranau, Sabah, Borneo (2015).
This Rafflesia is endemic to Sabah, Borneo and can grow up to 1 m in diameter.
Rafflesias are parasitic flowering plants. The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. It is a holoparasite of vines in the genus Tetrastigma (Vitaceae), spreading its absorptive organ, the haustorium, inside the tissue of the vine. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the five-petaled flower.
The flowers look and smell like rotting flesh, hence its local names which translate to "corpse flower" or "meat flower". The foul odor attracts insects such as flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. Most species have separate male and female flowers, but a few have hermaphroditic flowers. Little is known about seed dispersal. R. keithii is found along the eastern slopes of Mount Kinabalu in the Lohan Valley of Sabah.

    comments (7)

  1. Thank you for this high value species intro. I was hoping one day this famous stinky flower would be added :)
    I'm surprised it has no common name?
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. One name is Corps Flower. I am trying to see if I find how is it in Malay! :-) Posted 3 years ago
      1. Thanks, looks like the name Corps Flower is also used at genus level. By searching for it, I found another incredible plant:
        https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c0/Titan-arum1web.jpg
        Posted 3 years ago
  2. '...no stems, leaves or true roots. '
    What a plant!
    Posted 3 years ago
  3. A rarity!
    Posted 3 years ago
  4. Awesome but smelly. I saw the remains of one on one of my trips to Borneo, we could smell it before we found is! Posted 3 years ago
  5. We were lucky that they did not let us get closer so we could not smell it ;-D Posted one year ago

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''Rafflesia keithii'' is a parasitic flowering plant in the genus ''Rafflesia'' endemic to Sabah in Borneo. The flowers can grow up to one metre in diameter. It is named after Henry George Keith, former Conservator of Forests in North Borneo .

Similar species: Malpighiales
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Uploaded Jul 20, 2016. Captured Oct 4, 2015 09:35 in Jalan Pekan, Pekan Ranau, 89308 Ranau, Sabah, Malaysia.
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  • 43.7mm