MANILA -- The Masungi Georeserve on Tuesday reported that park rangers have spotted an 8-foot-7 flower while doing maintenance work last week.
In a Facebook post, the Baras, Rizal forest preserve said the park rangers reported the sighting of the Amorphophallus rostratus to their site officers "who confirmed the native species with friends from the academe."
"Park rangers noticed a slightly unpleasant smell when the flower bloomed," it said.
According to Masungi Georeserve, an indigenous ranger who lived in the mountains said the flower is called "biga" by the locals, who "cut and cook the stalk in boiling water before eating it."
"Amorphophallus species are known as some of the largest flowers in the world by their inflorescence. At least three species of varying sizes have been documented in Masungi," it said.
"Truly this is another native wonder that must be conserved from quarrying and other harmful activities in our forests and protected areas!"