Scientists have just discovered a new species of Rafflesia (the world's largest flower at 42 inch diameter) in the Philippines.
The plant is a parasite: it has no roots, stems, or leaves and when in bloom, it emits a nasty smell similar to that of a dead rat.
http://news.inq7.net/nation/index.php?index=1&story_id=56167 | Link 2 | (via Human Flower Project)
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