Rafflesiaceae

 

Genera : 7 - 9

Species: 50

Distribution: Pantropically, with a few in the temperate regions.

Economic Uses: No known ecomonic value, except that it produces the world's largest flower (up to 3 feet across), which is found in the rainforest of Sumatra.

Defining Features of Interest: The family is parasitic and non-green with the vegetative body fungus-like. It inhabits the internal structures of teh host plant and only appears when in flower.The large, fleshy flowers are unique and their morphology is not yet fully understood.

Fossil Evidence: No known fossil record.