Thursday, 24 Jan 2019

Rafflesia Kemumu perfectly blooms in North Bengkulu


 Rafflesia kemumu Rafflesia kemumu -  A rare Rafflesia kemumu flower is currently in full bloom in a forest area near Tebing Kaning Village, North Bengkulu District, Bengkulu Province, bordering the Boven Lais Protected Forest area.

"The flower has been in full bloom for two days," Riki Reptian, coordinator of the North Bengkulu Rare Flower Community, stated here, Monday.

The forest serves as a habitat for Rafflesia kemumu, which was identified as a new species of the Rafflesia flower by Agus Susatya, a forestry lecturer at the University of Bengkulu, in 2017.

Bengkulu is currently home to five species of Rafflesia flowers: Rafflesia arnoldii, Rafflesia bengkuluensis, Rafflesia gadutensis, Rafflesia hasselti, and Rafflesia kemumu.

Three species of Rafflesia -- Rafflesia arnoldii, Rafflesia kemumu, and Rafflesia gadutensis -- are found in Bengkulu`s Boven Lais protected forest.

"The three species are unique and have become icons of the tourism industry in North Bengkulu," he noted, reported antaranews.

Rafflesia kemumu is expected to remain in full bloom for the next three days. The diameter of Rafflesia kemumu is similar to that of Rafflesia gadutensis but smaller than that of Rafflesia arnoldii.

Its color is more orangish and brighter than Rafflesia gadutensis and Rafflesia arnoldii. The uniqueness of the rare flower is estimated to still be enjoyed up to three days ahead.

Riki Rahmansyah, one of the visitors admire the uniqueness of Rafflesia flower kemumu because physically can be distinguished by the type of Rafflesia arnoldii and Rafflesia gadutensis. ***



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