On this fouth visit to Borneo I was lucky to see the Rafflesia flower, the largest flower in the world. Perhaps, it has something to do with the fact that May is my birthday month. It can grow up to 1 metre in diameter, but the one I saw was only about 50 cm.
This one was already 4 days' old and decaying but surprisingly there was no odour. Flies were already buzzing around it.
Being parasitic, the Rafflesia attaches itself to a vine.
The vine it attaches itself to leads up to the trees.
A Rafflesia bud.
A close-up of the inner recesses of the flower.
The Rafflesia is not only "exceedingly rare" but also highly endangered.