03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Rafflesia: New Hope For Saving The World's Biggest And Weirdest Flower

Deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia blooms the world's biggest flower -- a massive fleshy orb designed by nature to attract insects by mimicking the colour and stench of rotting meat [...] But under an innovative Malaysian scheme, indigenous tribes who once gathered Rafflesia buds by the sackload are being trained as custodians of the rare flowers, and to act as guides for ecotourists.

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