April 2011

Rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world, but also smells like rotting flesh


         The Rafflesia flower is so big it could play Audrey II, the giant, human-eating plant in the musical, The Little Shop of Horrors. Well, maybe it's not that big and it doesn’t eat humans, but its nickname is the “corpse flower” because it smells like dead matter.  So, it's got that going for it when it tries out for the musical lead. It seems to be the closest to we've got to Audrey II—this Southeast Asian beauty is the largest flower in the world.