Raflesia Park is part of the Batang Palupuh Nature
Conservation Center in Agam district. Although it has many other
species, this 3.4 hectare conservation center is focused on conserving
the Raflesia flower, which can only be found on Sumatra Island. This
flower usually blossoms during wet seasons i.e., from mid to end of
Batang Palupuh Raflesia Park is a conservation center for
three types of Raflesia flowers; Raflesia Arnoldi, which can be 1,5
meters wide when blossoming, Raflesia Arizentis with a 15 cm diameter
when blossoming, and Raflesia Oumor Pupolus Titanum. Although it is
more like a forest, this center is called a park because many Bunga
Bangkai grow here. Outside this area, Raflesia flowers also grow in
three to four areas.
Batang Palupuh is situated
some 10 km north of Bukit Tinggi. Although it is part of the Agam
district, its distance to the capital city of Lubuk Basung is about
80 km. From the Minangkabau international airport, you can take a
minibus plying the Padang-Pasaman route. This bus will pass in front of
the gate of this tourist attraction.
Palupuah is a large nature conservation area. However, visitors can
only see blossoming Raflesia flowers within one to two kilometers. To
see the unique flowers, visitors can only trek or walk across the
forest. There are muddy paths with giant roots.
Park offers an opportunity for nature lovers to see live blossoming
flowers which can only be found in Indonesia. These flowers have long
roots that can reach as long as 20 meters and grow in other trees. This
conservation area is also used as a research and socialization center
for young generations.
can spend one day to explore various types of Raflesia flowers in this
area. It is located near Bukit Tinggi, enabling visitors to stay there.
However, if you like to stay overnight a bit closer to the park, you
could stay in local community’s homes.
is no special menu offered in this area. Visitors can enjoy tea or
coffee and snacks served in food stalls belonging to local inhabitants.
If you don’t come at the right time
or if you forget to take your camera, you may buy the most recent
photographs of blossom Raflesia Arnoldi flowers. A 3R size photograph is
sold for only Rp 5.000 from the conservation officials.
Raflesia does not blossom all the time, it is best for visitors to
first contact the Office of Natural Resource Conservation at Khatib
Sulaiman Street no 46A Padang, phone (0751) ———- or contact the Natural
Resource Conversation Unit of Agam district at —————— street. In
addition to obtaining the correct information about the blossoming time,
coordination between the Office and rangers in Batang Palupuh station
will prevent you from any illegal collection around the area.
Quoted from : www.indonesia.travel
Supported by : JavaTourism, Lintang Buana Tours