I have always been intrigued that the largest flower in the world, the KPI Rafflesia is found right at our homeland and yet for the life of me, i have never seen one. only postcards pictures and from the internet. Is it really that big? Does it smell?
So, on my recent trip to our neighbour state, Sabah, Land Below the Wind, i took the opportunity to go see one. There is a floral and butterfly park in Poring Hot Springs, near Kota Kinabalu Park where this flowers could be found. Alas, we arrived too late and the park is closed by 4pm.
So, slightly disappointed, we head on to the van to go off. Then, suddely the guide told us that there are land owners nearby the hot spring where rafflesia could be found. We walked on and found 2 entrances to 2 different places. We chose one on a rainy afternoon with muddy and slippery tracks to go see the elusive flower. We each paid rm10 for entry to a group of youth and a young boy, about 9 years old, wearing slippers walked on ahead and seem to enjoy the rain and the muddy tracks while the 3 of us and the guide followed behind, carrying an unbrella to shelter us from the rain. We looked like the typical city folks walking slowly and carefully along the tracks. We must have walked for 30 mins before we needed to go down a slope. there were no proper handle as we made our way down the slope. i was concerned for my 2 city friends who wear shoes that looked too slippery for the mud. The guide asked me if i am ok as i made my way down the slope. I said yes, and suddenly, I slipped and l let out a “Yeow!” I fell and my back hit the rock.everyone had a shock. The guide helped me on my feet. Luckily i could feel no broken bones. Phew!!
after gaining back my composure, and i assured everyone that i was Okay!, i made my way further down the slopes and finally, finally we was the elusive flower, all fenced up by the owner i presume.
it was only around half meter as it has been blooming for 4 days. We took several pictures and then went on back to where our car was.
I guess a fall and a fee of rm10 to see the elusive Biggest Flower on earth was all worth it.