I believe one of the most unique fact of traveling is the different things that you get to witness and experience. Jakarta has always been a mixed experience for me. And that’s why I am revisiting some of the memories from year 2007 in 2015.
Bogor Botanical Garden, Jakarta, Indonesia
visited in the year 2007
Referred by the natives as Kebun Raya Bogor, the garden was first started in 1817 under the government of Dutch East Indies. Over the years, Bogor Botanical Garden has evolved to become one of the prime research center for agriculture and horticulture. Covering an area of 87 hectares, the garden boasts over 400 species of palm trees, 5,000 trees gathered from around the tropical world, and an orchid house containing 3,000 varieties. Records show that the Bogor Botanical Gardens harbours 3,504 plant species, 1,273 genus in 199 families. In such an abundant spread, my three favourites were easily – The Orchid House, and two of the most original and unique flowers in this world – Rafflesia and Amorphophallus titanum. Unfortunately, I am not able to provide any self attested photos since I have lost all my soft copies and the true evidence lies in the form of hard copies with my grand parents who are unable to locate it. So kindly bear with me.
Grammatophyllum speciosum aka Tiger Orchids is known as the Queen of Orchids, mainly because of the size (approx 10 cm in diameter) and is said to be a native to Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi) and Malaysia. The interesting fact that I still remember is that the plant flowers every 2-4 years, lasting for up to 2 months. What a beauty!!
The infamous Rafflesia is one of the most rare parasitic plants. You can consider yourself as the luckiest person if you actually happen to see the blooming flower in person since the flower usually lasts for a mere 4-5 days. According to the tour guide, the world’s largest flower spends nearly all of its life cycle inside the stem of a woody climbing plant and erupts once in blue moon with a unique smell of rotten flesh. The smell is nauseating to the visitors, but it helps in attracting flies and beetles enabling fertilization.There is no true stem, roots or leaves that can actually relate it to the world of flowers. Growing up to a size of 1 meter, the flower is a native of the West and Central Java.
Amorphophallus titanum (Titan arum) also known as the Corpse flower is the world’s tallest flower, extending up to 3 meters above the ground and restricted to the region of Sumatra. There is a distinct foul odour that permeated the area, though it doesnt seem to distract tourists from standing next to it to take picture.
Bogor is a refreshing change for citizens of Jakarta who seek for a quick weekend getaway. Nothing serves as a room freshener than a garden full of fresh flowers.
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