BACOLOD CITY—A research firm commissioned by the Philippine National Oil Co.-Energy Development Corp. (PNOC-EDC) found a rare parasitic flowering plant in the Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park.
The biodiversity study undertaken by Maunsell Philippine Inc. that was released on Tuesday noted that it found Rafflesia speciosa, a member of the family of the world's largest flower, in Mt. Kanlaon Natural Park's 169-hectare buffer zone.
"The species is the first record of this unique genus in the island (of Negros). The genus Rafflesia is very rare and can only be seen in the forests of Panay, Palawan, Makiling and Banahaw," said the PNOC-EDC commissioned Maunsell Philippines Inc. Biodiversity Study furnished to the INQUIRER.
Among the seven recorded Rafflesia species in the country, the Rafflesia speciosa has the largest flower that could attain a maximum diameter of two feet, the PNOC-EDC study said. The one found in the MKNP buffer zone was about 30 centimeters in diameter. /Inquirer