on my recent trip to Lundu,a town 45 mins drive from Bau,and driving past the Gading National Park(the place to see Rafflesia(a parastic plant of the world's biggest flower) i took a road leading to an isolated abandon logging road.Reaching an open flat land with no trees not typical of rainforest,only short stunted trees and bushes took residence.The ground were mostly white sand with stream carrying brackish water towards south china sea.Here rafflesiana were thriving and growing madly all over the place,their pitchers clinging to anything available up the stunted tree and bushes.I have to be careful walking over some of the places as many young raff plants were growing,carpeting the place.The place is very hot,humid with winds blowing from the sea a mile away.The raff plants grows in the open,with minimal shade.
...my native companion sporting the typical Borneon coconut haircut admiring gigantea green form.
rafflesiana gigantea upper dangling over the stunted tree.Notice the white sandy path, lower left of photo.
..common type aerial raffs
more pics of aerial raffs and ant(polyrachis sp)harvesting nectar
..aerial raffs spotting yellowish peristome
As expected there are some gracilis grow among the raffs
..and hybrid of either raffs x gracilis or raffs x mirabilis.Experienced growers,which is which?
Feedbacks and comments are welcome....Robert