How big is The World’s Biggest Flower?
A strange plant called the Rafflesia grows in the rain forest of Sumatra. Strange, because it has no stem and no leaves like other plants. It consists of just a single flower!
This flower is also the biggest flower on earth, often measuring more than three feet across. A well-grown rafflesia weighs about seven kilos, and can hold about 7 liters of nector!
The seeds of this strange plant are spread by elephants! The rafflesia lives on the exposed roots or vines of other plants, taking nourishment from these hosts. When it dies, the rafflesia leaves a sticky. pulpy, decayed mess which contains its seeds. An elephant or a rhinoceros steps on it, the pulp sticks to its feet. To wipe off the mess, the animal rubs its feet against some vine or root and the seeds when reached there, take root and start producing another hug. flower.