Rafflesia in Padawan
Touted as the world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia is a rare species of plant found in Kampung Begu, Kampung Temurang and Kampung Belimbing Darul Islam of Padawan in Kuching, Sarawak.
Rare, beautifully exotic, the Rafflesia flower is a real treat for those lucky enough to see it when travelling in Southeast Asia. The Rafflesia flower, found in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, is actually a parasite which grows on only one type of vine. There are no leaves or steams or other reliable means to check on the plant as the flowers, developed from bud for about 9 months then open. The opening usually last only a few days then it will decay and rot away.
When the enormous flower blooms, it emits the smell of rotting meat to attract insects – the Rafflesia’s only hope for reproduction.
Discovery of the Rafflesia actually began way back in 1800s and the name was derived from Sir Stamford Raffles who was the leader of an expedition in South East Asia.
Entrance fees to Kpg Temurang if Rafflesia flower in bloom is RM10 (adult) & RM5.00 (child) for foreigner / RM5.00 (adult) & RM3.00 (child) for local. Guiding fees to the location of the flower is RM50.00 in group of 1 – 10 paxs. For further information, please contact Mr. Joshua De Joze at 016 8755722 of Visitor Information Centre, Padawan Municipal Council.