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Biggest Bloom: Superflower changes branch on family tree

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11:08am, January 10, 2007

Plants with buds the size of basketballs, which open flowers up to a meter across, must be reclassified as relatives of poinsettias, say researchers who've examined the DNA of the world's largest known flowers.

For almost 2 centuries, botanists have debated where rafflesia plants, with their odd flowers, sit on the plant family tree. Early observers asked whether they were flowering plants or fungi. Later, botanists disagreed a

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