Most People Haven’t Seen These Incredibly Rare Flowers

Flowers play an important role in keeping the earth in equilibrium. They can feed insects, and other animals, be used as natural medicine, and help with plant reproduction through pollination. Not only do flowers provide many incredible benefits, but they are also one of the earth’s most beautiful sights.

There are over 400,000 different species of flowers around the world, so it’s unlikely to see them all within a lifetime. The rarest are often the ones with the most unique features.

How The Stinking Corpse Lily Got Its Name

a giant red flower with scales and a dark black middle
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The stinking corpse lily, otherwise known as the rafflesia arnoldi, is the largest flower on the planet. It is most commonly found in Indonesia where it can grow up to three feet in diameter.

Unlike most flowers, the stinking corpse lily doesn’t show any stems, roots, or leaves when it’s in bloom. Its odor is extremely strong and is best compared to decaying flesh. The very first discovery was by a European botanist named Louis Auguste Deschamps in 1797.