Contrary to popular belief, this freshly bloomed Rafflesia keithii flower is not smelly or have foul smell like rotting meat or corpse! According to the owner of the property where this flowers can be found, this particular flower bloomed overnight when he checked on it early morning but it was not the morning before. We got news of it and decided to look it up since it was the last possible day for me to see it as I will be transferring out the next day. This particular flower was not smelly at all! According to the owner, the flower will last 4-5 days, possibly up to 7 days and it will only starts to be smelly from day 3 or 4 when it starts to fades/rots. In the vicinity of this flower, there were 10 other buds of various stages. We were told that it takes up to 9 months to bloom. Rafflesia keithii can be up to 1 meters in diameter, this particular flower was less than 1 meter, around 30 inches or 0.8 meters.
Rafflesia keithii is endemic to the east part of Borneo island, mostly in Sabah and possibly in East Kalimantan. In Sabah state of Malaysia, 3 species of Rafflesia can be found - R.keithii, R.pricei and R.tengku-adlinii (smallest of the 3 species to be found in Sabah). Pic#1 Freshly bloomed flower Pic#2 Bud due to bloom within 2-5 days Pic#3 Bud, estimated around 5 months old Pic#4 Close-up of Central Disk of Rafflesia Flower
Lat: 5.12, Long: 116.89
Spotted on Jan 14, 2019
Submitted on Jan 15, 2019
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