With a three-foot diameter and 24 pounds of flowery might, the raffesia is, unsurprisingly, the world’s largest individual flower on earth–and the smelliest. Reeking of decaying flesh, the raffesia, much like the dead horse lily, uses its insufferable stink to attract pollinators within various Indonesian forests. The spineless, rootless and malodorous parasite isn’t all bad, though; after all, it is one of Indonesia’s three national flowers.
The Star Flower
The star flower comprises approximately 40 species, almost all of which can be found stinking up the terrains of South Africa. With a hirsute, flesh-colored appearance, many liken the flower to rotting meat. In that light, then, its nickname of “carrion flower” makes complete sense.