Home 120,000 hectares of Kerinci Seblat National Park destroyed Two giant Rafflesia flowers reach full bloom in Bengkulu
Two of the rare and endemic flowers of Indonesia, the Rafflesia arnoldii,
have reached full bloom at the Taba Penanjung Nature Sanctuary in
Central Bengkulu District, Bengkulu province. The giant flowers are
located in an area about 100 meters from the main road connecting the
town of Bengkulu with Kepahiang district on the island of Sumatra.
The two flowers bloomed at the same time
and are located only 15 meters from each other, stated Anggi, a local
resident who is said to have found the blooming flowers. "We found
three flowers within a radius of 20 meters, but one has withered, and
the remaining two are now in full bloom," he added.
A week earlier, a blooming Rafflesia arnoldii was also found in the Bukit Daun Nature Reserve in the Kepahiang District.
Coordinator for the Tebat Monok Rare
Flowers Devoted Group (Kelompok Peduli Puspa Langka), Holidin, said that
this year there are already 13 flowers found blooming within the forest
area. Currently, there are approximately six flowers expected to bloom
near the first two. “We estimate that there will at least be one more
flower that will reach full bloom this week” he added.
Holidin also mentioned that the Bukit Daun and Taba Penanjung I and II Nature Reserves are endemic habitat of the Rafflesia arnoldii
Flower. However, just as other forests, it faces the threat of
deforestation, where illegal farming activities are turning the forest
into coffee fields. Holidin hopes that the government will take more
serious actions to protect and preserve the forest of Sumatra,
especially in Bengkulu , since the very existence of the exotic and rare
Rafflesia arnoldii flowers depend on them.
Rafflesia arnoldiii is a member
of the genus Rafflesia which is noted for producing the largest
individual flower on earth, spreading a strong stench of decaying flesh -
the latter point earning it the nickname of "corpse flower". Rafflesia arnoldii
is one of the three national flowers in Indonesia that are officially
recognized as national "rare flowers" in Presidential Decree No. 4 of
1993, the other two being the small white, sweet smelling jasmine and
the resplendent white moon orchid.
The flower was first “discovered” by British Governor General Sir Stamford Raffles, to whom the rafflesia owes its name.
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