Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rafflesia Kerrii in Phang Nga Province

The ultimate sighting in the plant kingdom here... a rare Rafflesia kerrii. The largest species of Rafflesia, the Rafflesia Arnoldi is not present in Thailand.

We walked along a mountain ridge for five hours before seeing this. It was raining and the leeches were out in force. I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I've seen this flower in bulb form many times. It's rare to see it in bloom.

It is only in bloom for two or three days before it starts to decay.

Thailand Rafflesia image

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