Raflesia Tuan Mudae is Found Blooming in Maninjau Forest

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Raflesia Tuan Mudae. (Antara)

Lubukbasung, (Antaranews Sumbar) - Flower of Raflesia Tuan Mudae species is found blooming in the forest of Maninjau Nature Reserve in Marambuang Nagari Baringin, Palembayan Sub-district, Agam District, West Sumatra.

Forest Ecosystem Controller Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA) of Agam, Ade Putra, in Lubukbasung, Tuesday, said the flower was already three days in bloom.

"The flower blooms perfectly for seven to 10 days, after which the petals are black and rotted," he said.

The Raflesia lord's flower is male, has five groups. It is 84.8 centimeters in diameter.

Previously the flower also bloomed on February 26, 2018 and at this location also bloom Raflesia flower type of the largest master of the world in the diameter of 107 centimeters by the end of 2017.

"This is based on the record ever found in the world, because previously the largest raflesia flower ever grows and blooms in Philippines with a diameter of 100 centimeters," he explained.

Currently there are 43 flower buds raflesia in the location with an area about two times two meters.

"At the beginning, early buds will bloom for two years," he said.

He added that the growing location of raflesia was first discovered by local residents. At that time, one of the residents saw objects such as a lump of animal flesh in the area in October 2017.

After that, the villagers tried to get close and found the flower, then they reported to the head of custom village.

A few hours after getting the information, head of nagari contacted BKSDA ofAgam and the officers went directly to the location to make observations.

"When we make observations, we find 78 buds and we immediately put flyers appeal so as not to disturb the flowers," he said.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Tourism, Youth and Sports Office of Agam, Jufri, added the district government will cooperate with BKSDA related to the development of nature tourism in the area.

In the future, it will improve the socialization related to the location of the rare plant, because the flower also grows in Matur, Baso and Palupuh Sub-districts. (cha)

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Editor: Vicha Faradika