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Rafflesia micropylora (*)

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Rosids
Cladus: Eurosids I
Ordo: Malpighiales

Familia: Rafflesiaceae
Genus: Rafflesia
Species: Rafflesia micropylora
Name

Rafflesia micropylora Meijer

Type locality: Lokop, Sumatra, October 1918

Holotype: Koorders 44211 (BO)
References

Willem Meijer: Blumea 30 (1984): 213
Jamili Nais. Rafflesia of the World. ISBN 9838120421. pp. 157-159

Vernacular names
ไทย: บัวผุด / บัวตูม

Rafflesia micropylora is a parasitic plant species of the genus Rafflesia. It is endemic to Sumatra in, Indonesia.

This species was named because of the small opening of its diaphragm or corona. This is one of the giant species of Rafflesia; the largest specimen being one found by ecologist/author Arnold Newman and his son Gandhi at Gunung Leuser, northern Sumatra in 1983, a whole year before publication of the official description. This one measured 38 in (97 cm) in width, and estimated by Newman senior to weigh 36 lbs (16.3 kg)[1] Unlike the bold markings of species like R. arnoldi, R. micropylora is covered with a myriad of tiny markings. The very small aperture of the corona suggests that its pollination strategy may also be quite different.
References

Arnold Newman, "Tropical Rainforest", (New York: Facts on File, 1990) pp. 64-66 plus photo p.65 and an excellent photo on inside back dust cover.

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