Species of Rafflesia flowers In Indonesia
Bengkulu Province has four species of Rafflesia flowers since the last few years, the Rafflesia Arnoldi, Gadutensis, Haseltii, and Bengkuluensis.
Rafflesia researchers from the University of Bengkulu, Agus Susetya, Sunday, said that to find one kind of flower it takes time for years.
“Researchers have to crawl up to the inland forests and requires patience, because its existence is difficult to know,” he said.
He describes a new species of Rafflesia Bengkuluensis found in about 20 years.
Rafflesia is a kind of dead flowers without stems and leaves as well as having the largest size in the world.
The four types are differentiated based on color and flower size.
“The Rafflesia Arnoldi is the largest species in the world with a diameter of 70-110 centimeters,” he said.
Rafflesia Haseltii has 30-60 centimeters in size, Gadutensis about 50 centimeters, Bengkuluensis is the smallest species of about 30 centimeters.
While Haseltii Rafflesia is a species with a beautiful hue compared with the three other types.
He said that the type of Rafflesia in the world reached 25 species, which 11 species in Sumatra and Bengkulu four types.
The Flowers were found in several places in Bengkulu, such as in the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS), Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park (SBBNP), elephant training center (ETC), and Padang Guci District of Kaur.