Largest flower in RP, second in the world to bloom anew in Bukidnon — DENR

March 13, 2010 1:01 pm 

SAN VICENTE, Baungon, Bukidnon, March 13 — The largest flower in the Philippines and the second in the world is set to give another bloom anytime this month at Kalanganan area in San Vicente, Baungon, Bukidnon, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said on Saturday.

The rare and endangered specie called “Rafflesia” (Rafflesia shadenbergiana) was only rediscovered in 2007 in that place, the DENR’s resources conservation unit said.

The DENR said this is the 7th bloom of the rare flower since its rediscovery.

The flower of Rafflesia schadenbergiana has a diameter of about 80 centimeters or 31 inches. It is considered as the second largest rafflesia species in the world and the largest in the Philippines, the DENR said.

Rafflesia schadenbergiana is a species of Rafflesia which is found only in the Philippines.

It was first discovered in 1882 in Mount Parag adjacent to Mount Apo by Dr. Alexander Schadenberg, a German ethnologist who made several explorations in the Philippines.

Following its discovery in 1882, there were no other recorded sightings of this species, said the DENR.

For more than a century, it was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 2007 in the mountain slopes of Baungon town in Bukidnon.

Rafflesia is listed as critically endangered under DENR Administrative Order No. 2007-01.

As this developed, the DENR and the local government of Baungon are working together on the establishment of the area where the rafflesia population was found as critical habitat pursuant to Section 25 of Republic Act No. 9147, otherwise known as Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act.

Northern Mindanao DENR Regional Executive Director Maximo Dichoso has ordered provincial and community environment officers (PENROs, CENROs) in the area to closely coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) for the preservation and protection of the said rare and endangered specie. (PNA)



One Response to “Largest flower in RP, second in the world to bloom anew in Bukidnon — DENR”

  1. Roneld C. Montejo on March 21st, 2010 2:12 pm

    It blooms already… I mean the rafflesia had bloom already. Try to go there at Sitio Kalanganan, Barangay San Vicente, Baungon, Buk. and see the magnificent beauty of the largest Philippine flower… see you there…