TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - A six-petal Rafflesia Arnoldii with a 60 centimeters diameter has just recently bloomed at Bukit Daun conservation in Bengkulu Province. “This is a quite rare occurrence, considering that a rafflesia generally has five petals,” Gilang Ibnu said on Wednesday, April 20, 2017.
Gilang says that the flower was discovered already in a perfect bloom condition just 20 meters from the main road which connects Bengkulu-Kepahiang. A local plant conservation group has opened a track that leads visitors to the location of the Rafflesia Arnoldii.
“We’ve also provided an information on the side of the road to ease visitors to find the location,” he added.
The Bukit Barisan Conservation located in Central Bengkulu District, and Bukit Daun Conservation and Taba Pananjung Conservation Park in Kepahiang District are the original habitats of the Rafflesia Arnoldii.
He predicts that the visitors would probably be able to see the flower until the next four days since Wednesday, April 19, 2017.
The Rafflesia Aarnoldii is the official icon for Bengkulu Province and has been named as a protected plant under Law No. 5/1990 on Biological Resources and Its Ecosystem.