Seeing the Unseen: and finding something rare in Mindanao
No matter how long you stay in a country, you will never truly know it. I know this to be true. There will always be something new to discover and see. It’s not all about what’s in the guidebooks “must see” list.
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