Rafflesia Flower

By:ethan toscano

Background Information

Rafflesia was found in the Indonesian rain forest.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. But most of the flower buds die before opening, and even in bloom Rafflesia is fighting the clock. Because the flower only lasts a few days, it has to mate quickly with a nearby flower of the opposite sex.

Cause of Being Endangered

The flower is basically a pot, flanked by five lurid red-brick and spotted cream 'petals,' advertising a warm welcome to carrion flies hungry for detritus. Yet the plant is now hanging on to a precarious existence in a few pockets of Sumatra, Borneo, Thailand and the Philippines, struggling to survive against marauding humans and its own infernal biology.Everything seems stacked against Rafflesia. First, its seeds are difficult to germinate. Then it has gambled its life entirely on parasitising just one sort of vine. This is a dangerously cavalier approach to life, because without the vine it's dead.





Solution to extinction

The solution to making these plants not die would be to sex them yourself or genetically make another one, but the bad part about it is that its rare and it doesn't germinate very well. Its on a thin line between dying and living
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Botanist Alastair Robinson sticking his nose inside a RAFFLESIA KERRII - a short documentary