In fact raflesia arnoldii indonesia is a parasite flower that grow from its host. Raflesia grow from liana (crepers), usually grow in bengkulu forest.
Raflesia hold on life in the host for many month before come out when rainy season.
Raflesia do not life for long time, it just bloom for seven days after that will withered by itself.
When you came to see raflesia arnoldii indonesia, i prefer you to search information first, maybe from facebook "bengkulu" or you can type on facebook "raflesia arnoldi", and search information raflesia arnoldi is blooming or not from date that they posted, or you can contact the contact person in that posted.
Raflesia arnoldii indonesia when bloom at first day will secrete unpleasant smell looklike carcass
Unpleasant smell will inviting insect or another small animal to enter petals of raflesia arnoldii.
Inside the petals there is fluid that if insect entered it, will die and that is food source of raflesia arnoldii indonesia.
Raflesia arnoldi grow along the way from kepahiang to bengkulu, so you won't meet raflesia in the bengkulu city. They life in the road side forest.
If raflesia is blooming, will be there sign made by paper and written "raflesia mekar". If you found that, so raflesia is near you.
You need maybe two hours to arrived at raflesia from airport in bengkulu, because they life in the bukit barisan hill in kepahiang.
Raflesia arnoldii indonesia is the largest flower in the world, they can bloom until diameter 1 meter and 11 kg.
Raflesia arnoldii indonesia is plantae kingdom and raflesia arnoldii is its binomial name.
Let's we talk about the history, raflesia arnoldii found for the first time in 1818 near manna lake, lubuk tapi, south bengkulu. A guide man of Dr. Joseph arnold that found it. They work for Stamford rafless expedition.
I don't know that story right or not, i think native inhabitants of bengkulu that found raflesia arnoldii for the first time, but because my country indonesia for long time got colonialism so we have no power to say bengkulu people who first time found raflesia arnoldii indonesia. I'm sorry i become confide 😁
So from that story too the largest flower in the world called raflesia arnoldii.
I think you have to know the history of this flower more than me, but you don't know how to see this flower, LOL...so i will tell you more about how to see raflesia arnoldii indonesia anymore.
Some important thing that you must make bold and underline if you want to see raflesia arnoldii indonesia:
1. Come to bengkulu in the rainy season, maybe august until february because raflesia arnoldii only bloom at the rainy season. I prefer to come at august until november, in that month many raflesia arnoldii is blooming
2. Raflesia arnoldii indonesia just life for 5-7 days, so you must make schedule for it. You can see facebook of "bengkulu", sometimes there are people upload that flower in facebook, you can contact him/her to know where raflesia blooming.
3. Raflesia arnoldi don't bloom at same place, they always move and we don't know in where raflesia want to bloom. But they always bloom in bukit barisan hill (kepahiang), kaur, and some place in bengkulu province.
4. To see raflesia arnoldii, i am as local tourist do not pay money to the raflesia lover that secure raflesia, thay usually sell durian or ant nest and i just buy it to see raflesia. But i don't know with you, because you are foreign people maybe they will awesome and think you are rich people so they will take payment from you, wkwkwk. But trust me, bengkulu people is kind person, they won't do it if you polite and you can speak bahasa indonesia althought litle bit like me when speak english.
I think that's all, i hope this blog can help you if you want to see raflesia arnoldii and please post it to make world know that in indonesia there is the biggest flower in the world and can decrese illegal logging in indonesia to safe many rare animal and plant of indonesia.
Video raflesia arnoldi