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The Bigfella
06-22-2012, 06:17 AM
I'm a tad knackered this evening.

I did another jungle trek... this time chasing the big daddy of flowers. The Raffelesia - this is the second largest of the four species of them... We made it in to the flower OK, saw about 4 that were developing and one that has just flowered. Saw a couple of tiger tracks too

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/107-1.jpg

The Rafelisia are half fungus, half flower. They grow on tree roots. The normally bloom at night and the flower lasts 7 days.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/118.jpg



They stink like a dead rat.... after they have bloomed. The one we saw, I couldn't smell.

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/126-2.jpg

Wasn't easy to get to

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Malaysia%20and%20Thailand%20by%20Super%20Enduro/040-2.jpg

beernd
06-22-2012, 08:04 AM
WOW!
That big flower looks like it should be science fiction :ycool:

Peerie Maa
06-22-2012, 08:17 AM
The Rafelisia are half fungus, half flower. They grow on tree roots. The normally bloom at night and the flower lasts 7 days.

Is it fungus, or parasite like mistletoe?

Mrleft8
06-22-2012, 08:19 AM
So that's where the idea for those hippy-dippy flower power decals from the 60s came from...... :D