World’s largest flower now in bloom at Gunung Gading National Park

Rafflesia Tuan Mudae in full bloom at Gunung Gading National Park. Photo credit: SFC Facebook page

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING. March 9: A Rafflesia flower in bloom is a sight to behold for nature lovers. The world’s largest flower, the Rafflesia Tuan Mudae was spotted blooming at Gunung Gading National Park on March 7 and is expected to bloom until March 11.

The blooming process for this endemic Sarawak species will last five days, according to Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) on its social media page, and the flower is be 56cm in diameter with five petals this time.

Visitors must walk approximately 250 metres or 10 minutes from the national park office to the Rafflesia patch.

Visitors who wish to see the Rafflesia must first register with the national park management and be accompanied by a park guide before they are permitted to walk to the plant’s location.

SFC stated that all visitors must adhere to the park’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) at all times while enjoying the flower’s beauty.

Gunung Gading National Park was established in 1983 and encompasses a 4,196-hectare site. The park is also well-known for its waterfalls and pitcher plants, and is located approximately 120 kilometres from Kuching.

For more information, visitors may contact the park office at +6082-735144 and follow Gunung Gading National Park’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Gununggading/. — DayakDaily

Visit Gunung Gading National Park to admire the beauty of Rafflesia Tuan Mudae.