Sapria Himalayana in Doi Pui/Doi Suthep National Park
During a trial run for our nature tours in Doi Pui/Doi Suthep national park we encountered the rare Sapria Himalayana. This flowering plant is related to the Rafflesia, the largest flower in the world. The Rafflesia is found in Khao Sok National Park in Southern Thailand. The Sapria is much much smaller than the Giant Rafflesia but we were delighted to come across this beautiful bright red flower.
It only blooms for 2-3 days. After blooming the flower becomes dark in color and decomposes slowly. The Sapria is a parasitic plant and is completely dependent on its host for water and nutrients. We saw several decomposing flowers and also several buds about to flower.
As always the walk was very pleasant and cool. The trail was a lot easier than the last time in August when it was very slippery. It was a joy to walk under the tall evergreen and deciduous trees. Lots of ferns, wild banana trees, pandanus and palms to enjoy.