Seeing the Unseen: and finding something rare in Mindanao
Where is Rafflesia found in The Philippines?
The worlds largest flower (though it’s a plant) the Rafflesia only blooms once a year, and at that only for 5 days. Though found in Borneo, it’s not easy to catch in bloom. In the Philippines it’s the rarest flower and, only found in Mindanao. I tried once to go see it out of bloom, and failed miserably … Then …
It started as a quick notion of something to do on a weekend in Mindanao. I’d vaguely heard of the worlds largest flower Rafflesia. Something about a giant parasitic flower that was really a plant that smelled of rotting meat and attracted flies once a year.
What’s more I learned that it only populates in Indonesian and Malaysian Borneo. In fact, not only is Rafflesia schadenbergiana a rare flower to be found blooming in world, but its the rarest flower in the Philippines.
I was lucky enough after a previous attempt to see the flower to get a call letting me know the rafflesia had just bloomed. It was only open to scientific researchers though …
Coming soon on Seeing the Unseen: The river miners of Mindanao
This is an additional post and one of a series highlighting the island of Mindanao & the people living in The Philippines
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