The Jakarta Post
Google Doodle displays a blooming Rafflesia arnoldii on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Google.co.id/File)
Google is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the world’s largest flower Rafflesia arnoldii as its Doodle on Tuesday.
Once it’s clicked, users will be transported to the Google search page related to the flower.
On Google Doodle’s page, the search engine gives a brief explanation about the flower, stating that Rafflesia arnoldi was named an Indonesian national rare flower in 1993’s Presidential Decree No. 4.
Rafflesia arnoldii, known locally as bunga bangkai (corpse flower), is recognized for its pungent rotting flesh odor.
“[The flower’s] plump, red-brown petals, freckled with white spots, only emerge from Tetrastigma, the vine-like plants that host it, when it’s ready to reproduce -- making it an incredibly uncommon sight,” Google stated, adding that once the flower is open, it can grow to around a meter in diameter and bloom for just a few days.
"This wondrous species is represented in the intricate patterns of traditional Indonesian batik, especially in the Bengkulu, where it is often found," it added. (kes)