Flowers have world records too! And here are a couple cool ones compliments of Angelfire:
- The World’s Largest Flower: The Titan Arum is not only the world’s largest flower it is also the world’s smelliest. This native of the central Sumatran rainforests is known affectionately as the Corpse Flower for its heavy perfume of rotting flesh. The Titan Arum bloom ranges 3 metres high.
- The World’s Smallest Flower: A bouquet of a dozen Wolffia blooms would comfortably fit on the head of a pin. A type of duckweed, Wolffia grows on the surface of ponds and slow moving streams and is native to Australia and Malaysia. The plant body is 0.6-0.9 mm long and only 0.2-0.5 mm wide. Not only is it one of the smallest flowering plants on earth, but it also produces one of the smallest fruits.
- The World’s Largest Bouquet: 101,794 roses went into the making of the world’s largest flower bouquet in New York.
- The World’s Oldest Flower: In 2002 scientists in north-east China discovered a fossilized flower that blossomed about 125 million years ago. Called “the mother of all flowers”, Archaefructus sinensis resembles the modern water lily.