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Rare flower Rafflesia needs saving, says Bogor Botanical Gardens researcher

Theresia Sufa

The Jakarta Post

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Bogor, West Java  /  Tue, November 26, 2019  /  03:14 pm
Rare flower Rafflesia needs saving, says Bogor Botanical Gardens researcher

Endangered species: A Rafflesia patma blooms at the Bogor Botanical Gardens in 2012. (JP/Theresia Sufa)

"Rafflesia is a unique, giant parasite as it boasts a complicated life and interesting story behind its beauty. But most importantly, Indonesia is home to various Rafflesia species that must continue to be explored," said Sofi Mursidawati. Born 50 years ago in Bandung, West Java, Sofi is a Rafflesia researcher at the Plant Conservation Center at Bogor Botanical Gardens. She began studying the flowers in 2004 following her return from Australia after getting her master's degree at the University of Western Australia in Perth. "After returning from Australia, [Bogor Botanical Gardens head] Ibu Irawati asked me to study Rafflesia since nobody else did, although during my time in Australia I mostly researched Rhizantella gardneri, one of the country's rare orchids that lives and blooms underground," said Sofi. Sofi said that she chose to study the or...