Rafflesia baletei

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Rafflesia baletei
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Rafflesiaceae
Genus: Rafflesia
Species: R. baletei
Binomial name
Rafflesia baletei
Barcelona & Cajano

Rafflesia irigaense nom. nud.
Rafflesia irigaenses nom. nud.

Rafflesia baletei is a parasitic plant species of the genus Rafflesia. It is endemic to the Philippines.

The species was first collected in 1991 by Bicolano mammalogist Danilo S. Balete on Mount Isarog and was initially thought to be Rafflesia manillana. It was only in 2006 that Filipino scientists confirmed the identity of this new species, naming it in Balete's honour.[1][2] After the establishment of the identity of this species, a new population was rediscovered on Mount Isarog and Mount Iriga. See this citation for a review of Philippine Rafflesia.[3]


  1. ^ Barcelona, Julie F. "Rafflesia". Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  2. ^ Barcelona, J. F.; M. A. O. Cajano; A. S. Hadsall (2006). "Rafflesia baletei, another new Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae) from the Philippines". Kew Bulletin. 61: 231–237. Archived from the original on 2009-08-09.
  3. ^ Barcelona, J. F.; P. B Pelser; D. S. Balete; L. L. Co (October 2009). "Taxonomy, ecology, and conservation status of Philippine Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae)". Blumea. 54: 77–94. doi:10.3767/000651909X474122.

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