Rafflesia hasseltii Suringar
This species is named after Arend Ludolf Van Hasselt
(1848-1909). [or was it Johan Coenraad van Hasselt, 1797-1823?].
See the recent article on this species:
Mat-Salleh K, Purwanto D, Syahputra E. 2007. The note on morphology of Rafflesia hasseltii Surigar from
Bukit Tiga Puluh National Park, Riau. Biodiversitas 9: 257-261
The photograph below, taken by Jeremy Holden, is
displayed on the web site of the Kerinci Seblat National Park
in Indonesia. There is also a picture of Rhizanthes zippelli on the same
The photograph below shows Rafflesia hasseltii on the cover
of Oryx (Vol. 31, number 2, April 1997), the official journal of Flora
and Fauna International. See article in this issue by Debbie Martyr
(pp. 80-82) which discusses this amazing discovery. This is the first
record of this plant from the park and only the third site described
for the species this century. Photo by Jeremy Holden of flower in the
Kerinci Seblat National Park, Sumatra, Indonesia.
Open flower. Kerinci
Seblat National Park, Sumatra. Photo by Yves Laumonier.
SIUC / College of Science / Parasitic Plant
Connection / Rafflesiaceae
Last updated: 29-Oct-10 / dln