The Corpse Flower

Genus Rafflesia

In Southeastern Asia resides a genus of flowers, in which all species are endangered or threatened.  This flower is only visible when the plant is ready for reproduction, but it is indeed a hard site to miss.  With 5 large leathery petals and the pungent aroma of rotting flesh which gives it its local name, flowers of genus Rafflesiaare parasitic plants which rely on vines for all their energy.  On their own, these plants lack chlorophyll and are unable to photosynthesis.  Illegal logging in these islands have left this plant without a means of survival.  

-Tehmeena Chaudhry