World’s Biggest Flower in Borneo – Vivian Natural Rafflesia Garden
Vivian’s Rafflesia Garden
After visiting poring hot spring & canopy walkway, we are lucky enough to be told that there’s Rafflesia exhibition around this area and today is their first blooming day (biggest and most beautiful)! 😉
Our local guide drives us to the “Luckiest Estate on the Earth” (would deem a fortune from entrance fee) – Vivian’s Rafflesia Garden which currently has only one Rafflesia blooming, while the entrance fee is around RM50.00 for each person.
*Rafflesia blooms at a random location around the mountain area, so sometimes you might visit a private estate (costs a lot more) instead of a government land (usually half price).
The Real Rafflesia
After a short venture into Vivian’s fruit estate, we finally reach the destination where are huge fencing surround the site (only can view from a distance) while the real rafflesia just lies in between.
The Rafflesia is the world’s largest bloom and can be over 100cm in diameter (the one we saw is 78cm). The Rafflesia died within 3-5 days (becomes pale brown color), and now its time to move on in search for a new potential rafflesia bulb which might become the next shining star. 😉
*Did you know that the local calls Rafflesia as “Bunga Mayat” aka Corpse Flower that will release a dead body stench (to attracts insects) around 2.00 am – 4.00 am per daily basis?
Local Fruit Estate
Our Rafflesia journey has more to learn and experience during the venture back and forth throughout the fruit estate – we manage to spot an actual sandalwood (檀香木) along the path which is known to be the most expensive wood in the world!
Both the sandalwood and oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries – used commonly in temples for praying and ceremonies.
A Cocoa Tree
The actual origin of cocoa tree fruit before it is being processed to becomes chocolate and “milo” that we see in the supermarket.
Many might thinks that the fruit flesh is used in the process to become cocoa but instead only “fruit seeds” are able to process and turn into fine choco product.
Legendary Air-Coolant Tree
We thought our guide was joking at first by telling us that staying underneath the mangosteen tree is like staying inside an air-cond room, and the outcome proves that he was right!
The fruit estate worker even builds a hanging bed under the tree for them to rest during afternoon tea break, and in case you are curious about mangosteen growing process then you can have it on above pictures. 😉
A Banana Tree
A lot of city boys and girls might have eaten a banana before but they would 100% tells you that they have never seen one before (applies to most foreigners), for this reason, we purposely take this pictures and post so that you could have a general idea how banana looks like while dangling on the trees. 😉
Banana trees provide a lot of advantage and benefit in our daily life:
Banana – Fruit, Juices and many more
Banana Heart – used to cook traditional Malay dishes
Banana Leaves – Food Wrapping, Mosquito Repellent (burn), and used in Indian Ceremonies
Banana Tree – Source of water (center part)
Mythical Yam Tree
This green snake spotted bamboo-like tree species is called “The Yam Tree” which own title “the biggest vegetable tree” in the Guinness book of record.
The vegetable skin was very smooth that you might mistake it as a wallpaper at first sight and its height can reach up to 3-5 meters long.
*A few species of Yam Tree are edible as “Famine Foods” after careful preparation on removing irritating chemicals.
Vivian’s Rafflesia Garden Information
Address: Kampung Poring, Ranau, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact: Not Available
Open Hour: 08.00 am – 5.00 pm (Mon-Sun)