Rafflesia hasseltii Suring

[After Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, an 18th century patron of science and founder of the British colony at Singapore]

Common name: Rafflesia.

Uses: In Malaysia, the dried buds are used to expedite delivery in and aid recovery from childbirth.The pharmacological potential of this plant is unknown.

buds are spherical, darkish and open noisily at night into giant flowers of about 60 cm to 1 m diameter which are whitish and penciled in red. The perianth comprises of 5-6, 25 cm x 16 cm tepals around a hollowed receptacle at the bottom of which are displayed a few finger shaped organs (Fig. 183).

Fig. 183. Rafflesia hasseltii Suring.

Warning: Caution must be taken as the toxic effects of this plant are unknown.

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