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Rafflesia kerrii - Largest Rafflesia species in Peninsular Malaysia

by Forest Ang
......Welcome to my collection of Rafflesia kerrii from the popular Pos Brooke, Lojing, Kelantan. Photos were taken from at least 4 sites in the same area on 21 Dec 2008......


Rafflesia kerrii of Lojing, Kelantan


Rafflesia kerrii - the size of a golf ball


Rafflesia kerrii - as it gets bigger


Rafflesia kerrii - a week before blooming


Rafflesia kerrii - opening up


Rafflesia kerrii - closer look


Rafflesia kerrii


Rafflesia kerrii - even closer


Rafflesia kerrii - inside


Rafflesia kerrii - pattern


Carrion fly agent of pollination


Rafflesia kerrii - closeup


Rafflesia kerrii - touch it!


Rafflesia kerrii - full bloom


Rafflesia kerrii - 4-5 days old


32 inches from petal to petal


Rafflesia kerrii - dead


Rafflesia kerrii - drying up


Rafflesia kerrii - side view


Rafflesia kerrii - closeup


Rafflesia kerrii - rot and back to nature

Rafflesia was first discovered in the Sumatran rain forest some 180 years ago by Sir Stamford Raffles, governor of the East India Company's establishments in Sumatra, and Joseph Arnold, a naturalist and physician. Shortly before Arnold died of malaria on that same expedition, he described rafflesia as "the greatest prodigy of the vegetable world," adding, "To tell you the truth, had I been alone, and had there been no witnesses, I should think I would have been fearful of mentioning the dimensions of this flower, so much does it exceed every flower I have ever seen or heard of."(Davis et al., 2007)

Rafflesia kerrii is the largest species in the Malay Peninsula. It was first discovered in Ranong, southern Thailand and commonly featured in the Net with photos from KhaoSok in Suratthani. The species is found only in isolated areas in northern Malaysia, especially in Pos Brooke, Lojing, Kelantan where eco-tourists were brought in from Cameron Higland (Kamarudin,2007).

It took about the same time for a woman to conceive to birth of a child - yes, solid 9 months from a bud to a full bloom rafflesia flower. I have seen many rafflesia before but this is the biggest that I have seen in Peninsular Malaysia. Although it was mentioned before that they were seasonal, our orang asli guide told us that at any day, you can see at least a rafflesia kerrii in bloom. It has the largest density of rafflesia population that I ever known. Mass tourism in the area has affected the natural environment. That will be another story.

Welcome to my collection of Rafflesia kerrii from the popular Pos Brooke, Lojing, Kelantan. Photos were taken from at least 4 sites in the same area on 21 Dec 2008.

For a complete listing of Rafflesia :-
http:// www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/ Rafflesiaceae/ RafflesiaGallery.html

Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year 2009!

24 Dec 08

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