February 2009 – Finding Rafflesia at Poring Hot Springs
Our second goal was to find Rafflesia. Rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world and it grows as saprophyte on the root of a vine. It blooms for seven days but there is no specific season. The best way to find it is word of mouth – and we had word that there was one in bloom on the road to Poring Hot Springs. The tip was to look for the sign with a hand drawn rafflesia.
We drove toward Poring, saw the sign and pulled over. You paid a small fee and one of the villagers took you along a trail to a fenced off area. It was amazing! After seeing the flower, we drove to the Orchid Conservation Center at Poring to see native orchids in cultivation.