Flower Facts: Worlds Largest Flowers
We’ve already featured the world’s largest flower on Flower Blog, but there are a couple more giants worth mentioning:
1. Corypha umbraculifera:
Corypha umbraculifera, better known as the “Talipot palm,” is the largest inflorescent flowering plant. Inflorescent means, “a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches,” thanks Wikipedia!
2. Amorphophallus Titanum
Yep, he’s a big boy. Averaging 10 feet in height, the Amorphophallus Titanum is an amazing specimen to behold. But this flower isn’t as it seems. The “flower” of the Amorphophallus Titanum is not a single flower, but rather hundreds of small buds on a single giant stalk. This Indonesian native is commonly referred to as the “corpse flower” because it smells like rotten meat.
3. Helianthus Annuus
Not as unusual as the corpse flower, the common sunflower is still pretty big, measuring an average of 12 feet high and more than two feet in diameter.
4. Rafflesia arnoldii
Weighing in at 24 pounds on average and measuring up to 3 feet in diameter, Rafflesia arnoldii produces the world’s largest single bloom. Like the Amorphophallus Titanum, the Rafflesia arnoldii is also known as the “corpse flower” and is also located in Indonesia. The large bloom reeks of rotting meat—the strong scent attracts flies, which pollinate Rafflesia arnoldii.
And there you have it! The world’s largest flowers.