Rafflesia leonardi

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Rafflesia leonardi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Rafflesiaceae
Genus: Rafflesia
Species: R. leonardi
Binomial name
Rafflesia leonardi
Barcelona & Pelser
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Rafflesia leonardi is a parasitic plant species of the genus Rafflesia. It is endemic to the Philippines.[1] R. leonardi is the fourth Rafflesia species found in Luzon and the eighth from the Philippines.[2][3] It is called ngaratngat by the local Agta tribesmen.

The species was discovered in May 2008 by Cagayan Valley Partners in People Development (Cavapped), a multi-sectoral group of environmental scientists at remote sitio Kinapawan in the coastal town of Lal-Lo, Cagayan.

R. leonardi was named by Julie Barcelona and colleagues after Filipino botanist Dr. Leonardo Co of Conservation International.[4] See this citation for a review of Philippine Rafflesia.[5]


  1. ^ Barcelona, Julie F. "Rafflesia". Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society, Inc. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  2. ^ Lagasca, Charlie (2008-11-13). "New flower species found in Cagayan". Philippine Star. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  3. ^ Taguinod, Fioro (2008-11-20). "Rare flower species found only in northern Philippines". GMA 7. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 
  4. ^ Barcelona, J. F.; P. B. Pelser; E. Cabutaje; N. A. Bartolome (2008). "Another new species of Rafflesia (Rafflesiaceae) from Luzon, Philippines: R. leonardi". Blumea. 53: 223–228. doi:10.3767/000651908x608197. 
  5. ^ 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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