First in Philippines- Rafflesia, the smallest giant flower was discovered in the Philippines. February 26, 2016. Photos gone viral.
A team of biologists from the University of the Philippines has discovered the smallest giant flower in the world in Nueva Ecija.
The new species Rafflesia consueloae has an average diameter of 9.73 centimeters and is found only in the Philippines.
It belongs to the Rafflesia group – parasitic plants with magnificent blooms that can reach up to 1.5 meters in diameter.
So far, the new species thrives only in Mt. Balokbok and Mt. Pantaburon within the Pantanbangan-Carranglan watershed where the Pantabangan Hydroelectric Dam is located.