Our Aji Charapita Chili peppers we grow now at Charapita Farms was believed to be extinct for over 50 Years, and is now one of the treasures in Peru. But in this series "Wonders of Peru" we like to show you many more of spectacular natural wonders Peru has to offer.
We present............The Rafflesia Flower
I swear to you it's not photoshopped! It's just Rafflesia, world's biggest flower.
Rafflesia is endemic in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines but also is found in the Peruvian Amazon jungle.
This plant has no roots, stems, or leaves. Its size is not the only remarkable thing, because it's also famous for its smell which reminds the smell of rotting meat. Unfortunately, being one of the rarest plants in the world, Rafflesia is also on the verge of extinction.
The Scientific name of the flower is Amorphophallus Titanum, and its nickname is 'corpse flower'. And this is not inappropriate, it was named like this due to the disgusting odor which can be smelled when the flower blooms. This happens very seldom, because it blooms only a view times during their lifetimes of 35-45 years.
Calling this flower strange is no understatement, it is the Amazonian Signature Expression Of Giantism.