Smallest of giant flowers ‘accidentally’ discovered in the Philippines

On Luzon Island in the Philippines, scientists have accidentally discovered the smallest of the giant Rafflesia flowers. The new species may be critically endangered.

• When fully expanded, Rafflesia consueloae, a newly discovered species of Rafflesia, has an average diameter of 9.73 cm, making it the tiniest Rafflesia in the world, researchers say.

• Only two populations of this flower are known, which occur in remnants of tropical evergreen forests on the island, possibly making it critically endangered, according to the researchers.