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Popular Flowers of the Philippines, Definitives, Series 4
The genus Rafflesia includes 28 species of parasitic flowering
plants scattered exclusively throughout Southeast Asia. Rafflesia
are found in the Philippines, in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand.
These plants emit an odor akin to rotting flesh to attract its prey.
These prey include insects such as flies, which aid in pollination.
In the Philippines, samples of the genus can be found mostly in
certain areas of Luzon, select areas of Panay, Cotabato, and Davao.
Rafflesia consueloae, the newest discovered Rafflesia species in the
Philippines, is the smallest rafflesia to date. R. leonardi
meanwhile is named after a notable botanist and author, the late
Leonardo L. Co. Other representatives of the species endemic to the
Philippines are R. manillana, R. philippinensis, R. speciosa, R.
lobata, R. schadenbergiana, R. verrucosa, R. mira also known as R.
Everlasting Flower, also known as "strawflower"
is a species of plant
appreciated for the brightly-colored flowers it produces. These are
used as decor; everlasting flowers can be utilized fresh or
dried. They come in yellow, orange, pink, brown, violet, red, and
white. In the Philippines,
these flowers contribute to the local economy of Baguio and Tagaytay,
places of high altitude and cold weather.