What Is the Fastest Growing Plant in the World?

The krubi, a plant found in the jungles of Indonesia, is remarkable for two reasons.

First, it’s the fastest-growing plant on earth; and second, it forms the biggest group of flowers in the plant kingdom.

The krubi looks something like an overgrown tulip, with a long spike growing upward out of its center. But the krubi is not a single flower; the “tulip” part of the plant is actually a group of folded leaves, and the tall spike is a group of tiny flowers.

A full-grown krubi can be taller than a person. The biggest krubi reaches a height of 15 feet, and measures 8 feet across at its widest point.

This plant grows so quickly that it may sprout from the ground, soar to a height of 10 feet or more, and die, all in a matter of days.

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