Airing On Saturday
December 17th 2016
8:00 pm eastern, 7:00 pm central and 5:00 pm pacific
Natures Talk Show series On The Brink will be discussing the amazing Raffelsia Arnoldi. This southeast Asian plant has the largest known individual flower in the world. It is parasitic on members of the genus Tetrastigma (in the grape family, Vitaceae). It has no roots or leaves and most of the time lives unobserved inside the woody stems and roots of its host. Rafflesia arnoldii only becomes visible when its plump buds emerge through the bark of its host and develop into the large, fleshy flowers which are pollinated by carrion-flies.