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Rare corpse flower blooms ex-situ in Bogor Botanical Garden

  • October 15, 2022

Although the diameter is no more than 60 cm, it is certain that this species is Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Corpse flower Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br., also known as the giant lotus, has bloomed in the Bogor Botanical Garden, Bogor, West Java, for the first time outside its natural habitat in Sumatra Island.

“Although the diameter is no more than 60 cm, it is certain that this species is Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br.,” Researcher and Curator of the Rafflesia collection at the Bogor Botanical Gardens, Sofi Mursidawati, noted in a statement here Wednesday.

Mursidawati stated that the ex-situ propagation of the rare flower has been conducted since being found in 1818 in the Sumatran forest.

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In 2006, Rafflesia researchers at the Bogor Botanical Gardens have cultivated Rafflesia’s seed from Bengkulu in the garden. XVII area is an area of climber plant collection, including seven tetrastigma species, Rafflesia’s host plants.

Mursidawati said, after 16 years, in early September 2022, several flower knobs appeared, one of which bloomed on September 12, 2022.

Rafflesia Arnoldii was designated as a national rare flower based on Presidential Decree Number 4 of 1993.

The gigantic flower is on the IUCN Red List of threatened species and is included in the list of protected plants based on Government Regulation No. 4 of 1999.

It is a species of flowering plant in the parasitic genus Rafflesia, known for its largest individual flower that produces strong and unpleasant odor of decaying flesh.

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Rafflesia arnoldii R. Br. was first discovered in 1818 in the Sumatran forest by a guide, who worked for a British surgeon Dr Joseph Arnold during an expedition run by Thomas

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