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Article: Unusual and Bizarre Plants - Rafflesia, the World's Largest Flower: Benign parasite?

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summerkid
Rose Lodge, OR
(Zone 8b)

September 22, 2008
2:12 PM

Post #5584447

Does it co-exist with the host or eventually kill it?
Fascinating, regardless!
LariAnn
Miami, FL
(Zone 10a)

September 22, 2008
2:24 PM

Post #5584488

As far as I have been able to determine, Rafflesia coexists with the host. Were it to kill the host, it would die as well, so that wouldn't work out too well! Unlike dodder, it cannot cross over to another host if the primary host becomes unsuitable.

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