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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!<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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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.<br />
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Observation of a nearly bloomed bud can be seen here :<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72643/nearly_there.html" title="Nearly there!"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2994/72643_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=l9V2fckQdLavo%2BQjUnyBh9goVq0%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Nearly there! According to the owner, this bud of Raffleia keithii is expected to blooms within 2-5 days time.<br />
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This is the observation of a freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72641/beautiful_not_smelly.html Flower,Malaysia,Plant,Rafflesia Flower,Rafflesia keithii,Sabah" /></a></figure><br />
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Observation of a younger bud, but already 5 months old can be seen here :<br />
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<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72644/bud_of_rafflesia_keithii.html" title="Bud of Rafflesia keithii"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2994/72644_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1578528010&Signature=U39c%2FcHn798USSjYCoPYClGmIwg%3D" width="200" height="152" alt="Bud of Rafflesia keithii According to the owner of the property where this Rafflesia keithii buds/flowers were seen, this particular bud is around 5 months old.  It may takes up to 9 months before they fully blooms.<br />
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Picture of the freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii flower can be seen here :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72641/beautiful_not_smelly.html Flower,Malaysia,Plant,Rafflesia Flower,Rafflesia keithii,Sabah" /></a></figure><br />
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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 :

Nearly there! According to the owner, this bud of Raffleia keithii is expected to blooms within 2-5 days time.<br />
<br />
This is the observation of a freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72641/beautiful_not_smelly.html Flower,Malaysia,Plant,Rafflesia Flower,Rafflesia keithii,Sabah


Observation of a younger bud, but already 5 months old can be seen here :

Bud of Rafflesia keithii According to the owner of the property where this Rafflesia keithii buds/flowers were seen, this particular bud is around 5 months old.  It may takes up to 9 months before they fully blooms.<br />
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Picture of the freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii flower can be seen here :<br />
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https://www.jungledragon.com/image/72641/beautiful_not_smelly.html Flower,Malaysia,Plant,Rafflesia Flower,Rafflesia keithii,Sabah


    comments (5)

  1. Wow, amazing! What a cool thing to observe! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thanks, Christine.
      And yes, it was special to see one, especially the owner made an effort to explains and show us the other buds at various stages of development, it was a complete observation :D
      Posted 10 months ago
      1. Awesome! I had never seen any of the other stages before seeing your photos. Thanks for sharing! Posted 10 months ago
  2. One of the most spectacular flowers on the planet, lucky you to have seen it, and thanks for sharing it with us! Posted 10 months ago
    1. Thanks, Ferdy :)
      Happy to share this, not just the flower but also other stages of the buds which are often overlooked.
      Posted 10 months ago, modified 10 months 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 .

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Uploaded Jan 15, 2019. Captured Jan 14, 2019 15:05.
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