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New Rafflesia habitat found in Bengkulu

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Sat, April 7, 2018  /  01:09 pm
New Rafflesia habitat found in Bengkulu

An illustration of a 'rafflesia arnoldii', expected to bloom at its new habitat in Bukit Kaba park, Bengkulu. (Shutterstock/File)

The Bengkulu-Lampung chapter of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has found a new habitat of rare flower Rafflesia at the Bukit Kaba Natural Tourism Park, Rejanglebong regency, Bengkulu.

“Our team found a new spot of Rafflesia at the active volcanic area of Bukit Kaba,” said Abu Bakar Cekmat, head of Bengkulu-Lampung BKSDA, to Antara on Monday.

He added that when the flower was discovered in early March, there were two buds ready to blossom. In the last two days, they have been opening up.

BKSDA officers cannot confirm yet whether the flowers belong to the Rafflesia arnoldii or Rafflesia bengkuluensis species.

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“At a glance, they look like Rafflesia bengkuluensis. But we can only tell for sure once they have perfectly bloomed,” Abu Bakar said.

He stated that the rare flowers existence will add to Bukit Kaba’s attractions, which is known as a trekking destination.

Bukit Kaba is an active volcano located 1,900 meters above sea level. From Bengkulu, visitors can go by motorcycle or car to Sumber Urip village, Selupu Rejang subdistrict, Rejanglebong regency.

From the village, it would take a two to three hours hike to reach the top of Bukit Kaba. (wng)