Beautiful & Not Smelly!
Contrary to popular belief, this freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii flower is not smelly or have foul smell like rotting meat or corpse!
According to the owner of the property where this flowers can be found, this particular flower bloomed overnight when he checked on it early morning but it was not the morning before. We got news of it and decided to look it up since it was the last possible day for me to see it as I will be transferring out the next day.
This particular flower was not smelly at all! According to the owner, the flower will last 4-5 days, possibly up to 7 days and it will only starts to be smelly from day 3 or 4 when it starts to fades/rots.
In the vicinity of this flower, there were 10 other buds of various stages. We were told that it takes up to 9 months to bloom.
Rafflesia keithii can be up to 1 meters in diameter, this particular flower was less than 1 meter, around 30 inches or 0.8 meters.
Observation of a nearly bloomed bud can be seen here :
Observation of a younger bud, but already 5 months old can be seen here :
''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 .