Rainforest Flowers

Monday, November 29, 20100 comments

There are several species of flowers in the rainforest of Arfak mountains that have attracted the attention of visitors from around the world. Some of them are orchids and Rhododendron. Orchids can be seen growing on the branches of big trees when I and the tourists go trekking in the jungle. Some villagers climbed the trees and took the orchids. They sold them in Manokwari city or just planted them around their houses. Since the temperature and humidity in the city and in the rainforest are different, most of the orchids die. To help the indigenous people in Arfak mountains, I develop an ecotourism program. I promote the mountain range of Arfak as a tour destination for anybody who is interested in traveling inside a tropical rainforest. Because a rainforest environment is high in biodiversity, tourists can see plants and flowers, birds, mammals, reptiles and insects.

In addition to Arfak mountains in Manokwari regency, another destination that visitors can see is Numfor island. When I did a morning walk near the tropical rainforest of the Numfor island a few days ago, I saw various species of rainforest flowers. One of them is plumeria. Actually it is a tree that regularly produce flowers all year round. Its wood is soft. Plumeria has very strong fragrant. Usually planted by people in the cemetery area. In Bali, girls like to put the flower on their ears. Plumeria or frangipani flowers are also used in daily offerings to the gods by Balinese people. But these tropical flower plants can also be found growing at the front yards of the villagers homes in Numfor island. The main color of plumeria is white but most often we can see red or pink colors at the edges of its petals and yellow in the middle of each flower. The height of an adult plumeria can reach up to 3 meters.
If you are interested in visiting Arfak range to see its flowers, please, send text message to Hans Mandacan (cell phone: +6281344214965). He can guide you to explore the tropical jungle and its plants.


Tropical rainforest of Numfor island has another interesting flower which I haven't been able to identify. It has seven purple petals if you see on the photograph above. When I took the picture of this flower, it was still covered with morning dew. It looked fresh and very beautiful. If any of you - readers - know the name of this flower, please let me know. As a matter of fact this is a kind of grass flower usually blooms in the morning along the grassy area of tropical rainforest.
People in Numfor island have not realized that their beautiful tropical flowers are potential to be developed as a very profitable agricultural commodity. During this time tourists can enjoy the beauty of the flowers without having to pay anything.
Update for this post - Today (20 August 2011) I have just received an email from someone named Cindy Taing who said that she was also curious about this purple flower. After searching for information about it on the internet, she finally found its name. The name of the flower is Rain Lily. Thanks, Cindy, for your information. 
Update of this post - Tuesday, 8 May 2012. I did several searches in google for rain lily and finally I could find the name of the flower in Latin. According to Wikipedia, it is called Zephyranthes rosea. This is only a small flower plant. I am quite happy about this finding.
The tropical rainforest of New Guinea is a nice destination for travelers who want to enjoy hiking tours both in the mountains and lowland coastal areas. Beside orchid flowers, hikers can see wildlife and meet with the indigenous Papuan people who are friendly. by Charles Roring/ E-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com
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