“Odour that could wake the dead”: Rare corpse flower blooms at Gunung Gading National Park

The corpse flower, or locally known as 'Bunga Bangkai' or Amorphophallus sp. Photo credit: SFC

KUCHING, May 25: When the corpse flower blooms, it unleashes a stench that rivals the smell of rotting flesh. Hence, how it got its name.

According to a Facebook post by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) yesterday, there is nothing run-of-the-mill about this particular flower.

“It is a showstopper with its colossal size and an odour that could wake the dead!”


SFC also highlighted that several years can pass between blooms, and witnessing one is like “winning the lottery of floral wonders!”

SFC invited the public to visit Gunung Gading National Park to have a whiff.

“Get ready to be dazzled, amazed, and maybe even a little grossed out (in the best way possible). Nature’s circus is in town, and you don’t want to miss this showstopper of a flower!” it said.

Gunung Gading National Park is also home to another breathtaking bloom: the rafflesia, which is the world’s largest flower.

Other than flower sight-seeing, the national park also offers a number of jungle trails including the Gunung Gading Summit Trail, and a series of waterfalls and clear jungle streams that make excellent bathing spots. — DayakDaily