2 postcards from Sabah, Malaysia :D

Sent by my colleague Rachel. ^O^ Received on 6April2013.

An interesting postcard of rafflesia, the largest flower in the world:

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An introduction taken from Wikipedia:

大花草屬(學名:Rafflesia)又名大王花、萊佛士花、屍花,是世界上最大的一種花。生長於馬來半島及婆羅洲、蘇門答臘等島嶼。大花草無根無莖,是一種寄生植物,靠吸收葡萄科植物的養分為生。其直徑可達1.4米之長。大花草開花時奇臭無比,發出腐肉味的臭氣,靠吸引廁蠅與甲蟲為其傳粉。

Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species (including four incompletely characterized species as recognized by Willem Meijer in 1997), all found in southeastern Asia, on the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, Thailand and the Philippines.

Rafflesia was found in the Indonesian rain forest by an Indonesian guide working for Dr. Joseph Arnold in 1818, and named after Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, the leader of the expedition.

The plant has no stems, leaves or true roots. It is an holoparasite of vines in the genus Tetrastigma (Vitaceae), spreading its absorptive organ, the haustorium, inside the tissue of the vine. The only part of the plant that can be seen outside the host vine is the five-petaled flower. In some species, such as Rafflesia arnoldii, the flower may be over 100 centimetres (39 in) in diameter, and weigh up to 10 kilograms (22 lb). Even the smallest species, R. baletei, has 12 cm diameter flowers. The flowers look and smell like rotten body, hence its local names which translate to “corpse flower” or “meat flower” (see below). The foul odor attracts insects such as flies, which transport pollen from male to female flowers. Most species have separate male and female flowers, but a few have bisexual flowers. Little is known about seed dispersal. However, tree shrews and other forest mammals eat the fruits and disperse the seeds. Rafflesia is the official state flower of Indonesia, the Sabah state in Malaysia, and of the Surat Thani Province, Thailand.

 

Stamp of Malaysia:

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Very sweet of Rachel to send me another postcard from Sabah!! :D The postcard was so obviously edited! xD

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Thanks a lot Rachel!! :D

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