The genus Rafflesia honors the founder of the British colony of Singapore, Sir Stamford Raffles. The botantist who accompanied him in his explorations was Dr. Joseph Arnold, memorialized in the specific name of the form that bears the world's largest flower. There are 16 known species of Rafflesia, the 16th having been discovered as recently as 1988. They are found on the Malaysian peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra.
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Created October 29, 1997 by Susan Woodward