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PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA
GERIK : Rafflesia Wonderland
 
 

 

Head to Felda Bersia, 18km from Gerik enroute to Tasik Banding to see Rafflesia's in bloom. From here, head to Kampung Bongor, 4km away using four-wheel transport as that only this type of vehicle apart from motorbikes, can negotiate the route that took you to the trailhead leading to the blooms. From Kampung Bongor, another 5km took you through dirt track rubber plantations, an orange grove, and finally, secondary forests, which is actually home to a herd of wild roaming elephants. Shortly after crossing a stream, the remaining 2km to the blooming Rafflesia's is by foot through undulating terrain that crisscrosses streams. The jungle is thick here although ancient trees have been logged much earlier. It may be a young forest here, nevertheless, the trees are still considerably huge, reaching over 30m high.

 
 
THE RAFFLESIA WONDERLAND
 

 

About 40 minutes walking and we arrived at a clear little mountain stream. Rested here and on scrutiny of The surrounding forests, discovered a dwarf Rafflesia so small, even the currently acknowledged smallest Rafflesia, the Manilanna, is twice as large. An insignificant brown in colour, this species locally called Pakma Tikus, is still under studies and it is claimed to thrive only on this tract of land apart from another small area in the jungles of Pahang.

 

The where the Pakma Tikus in blooms was near a jungle stream and there were budding vines over an area of several hundred square metres at that place. The Pakma Tikus seems to prefer the nooks and crannies of wet river rocks, and buttress roots. Its larger cousin, the Cantleyi with 40cm blooms prefer the drier bare ground on hill slopes 300m to 700m above sea-level. Trek uphill and it requires one to have at least average fitness and stamina to get to the flowers.

 

We finally reached the spot where the Cantleyi's were in bloom and on that day, we got to see two flowers spread open and a few buds the size of medium cabbage with many others forming ones ranging in sizes between that of a Brussel sprout to the size of a green pea. When it is pea sized, it would take at least six months for the buds to mature into full blooms, which then last only about five days. The Cantleyi like all other Rafflesia's, does not have stems, leaves, barks or roots like other plants do but survive on host vine. The Cantleyi has a diameter of between 30cm and 55cm and is said to be most colourful of The seven species found in Malaysia with deep orange hues and lighter spots. Interestingly, contrary to popular misconceptions, this genus has no rotting flesh odour There was hardly any smell at all and it did not even attract a single fly.

 

The Cantleyi is truly an amazing sight of sheer beauty that nature?s floral kingdom has to offer. We left the Rafflesia kingdom on a happy note as we have been lucky to see fresh blooms of the Cantleyi as well as also discover the yet to be acknowledged world?s smallest Rafflesia species. And we also saw a Bat Lily in bloom, looking very much like a dragon with long whiskers.

 

 

As we trekked out of the area, we discovered fresh footprints of elephants that must have crossed the paths while we were busy admiring the beauty of the Cantleyl blooms. And a crashing sound from above followed with a long eerie howl that sent a shudder down our spines spoke of the presence of a White Banded Gibbon. All reminders that this is a natural haven where the wild still rules and animals are treated with respect.

 
 
 
GERIK : Rafflesia Wonderland
PERAK - NORTHERN REGION OF PENINSULAR MALAYSIA