Saturday, February 25, 2012

World's Extraordinary Gigantic Flowers

Flowers are naturally beautiful and attractive. Most of them are used for decorations whether at home, churches, offices and many more; and they are used too in occasions like wedding, birthdays, valentines, etc. Men also give flowers to women to show their affection. But can you imagine if the flowers in these photos will be used for decorations or to be given to wives or girlfriends?  Get to know each of them and see if they fit.

Rafflesia arnoldii, one of the national flowers in Indonesia, is a parasitic plant. It's noted for producing the largest flower on earth that can grow over three feet across. The flower is a fleshy color, with spots that make it look like a teenager's acne-ridden skin. It smells bad, that's why it is nicknamed as "corpse flower". It has a hole in the center that holds six or seven quarts of water. The plant has no leaves, stems, or roots. 

What comes into your mind when you see these flowers? It is Hydnora africana, an unusual flesh-colored, parasitic flower that attacks the nearby roots of shrubby in arid deserts of South Africa.The putrid-smelling blossom attracts herds of carrion beetles.

This burgundy-colored flower is called Dracunculus vulgaris. It smells like rotting flesh, and has a burgundy-colored, leaf-like flower that projects a slender, black appendage which, for me, also looks like a an eggplant.

Another rare gigantic flower is known as Amorphophallus. It comes from the Greek words amorphos which means "without form" and phallos which means "penis". In short, it literally means "shapeless penis." The name comes from the shape of the erect black spadix.

They are extraordinary, aren't they? They are really unlike the common flowers that we know which simply have petals and other parts and which also have fragrant smell. But even though, they are similarly attractive.
They are extremely amazing and fantastic!