Location : Kampung Peninjau Lama, Siniawan, Bau District, Kuching Division, Sarawak, Malaysia.
It’s Amorphaphallus season again. We were at Peninjau Lama and saw many stage 1 amors there, in fact a lot more than usual. There were a couple of dying stage 2. Construction of the bridge and road leading to the newly completed info centre is still ongoing. I wonder if they’ve started enforcing the entrance charges but the tariffs are up on the notice board. No one was manning the centre when we went there. (Related link : Trekking to Sir James Brooke Cottage)
Amorphophallus (from Ancient Greek amorphos, “without form, misshapen” + phallos, “penis”, referring to the shape of the prominent spadix), commonly known as Zaminkand is a large genus of some 200 tropical and subtropical tuberous herbaceous plants from the Arum family (Araceae), native to Asia, Africa, Australia and various oceanic islands. (Wikipedia)
Amorphophallus hewittii (Borneo Titan Aroid) 300 (400)cm, Borneo Titan Aroid makes the second largest flower of all Titan aroids and is native of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. A rare tropical, almost evergreen species with a very tall, almost tree-like, white spotted, fresh green stem and a broad, dark green, umbrella-like single leaf. The flower is composed of a large spathe (out pseudo petal), green outside and reddish inside, and a rose spadix (inner club) up to 150cm in height ! Adult specimens may develop a flower every 3 years and may flower the first time after five of sowing. (http://www.rareplants.de/shop/uploads/Html/Amorphophallus-hewittii-Borneo-Titan-Aroid_8243_1.htm)