Rafflesia, Kota Kinabalu
It's said the flower is hard to find (because it takes 15 months to bud but last 7 days in bloom). When the locals find one, they will:
1) Inform the local authority. Then the authority will teach them to fence off the flower to protect it;
2) set up a sign at road side announcing a Rafflesia is found nearby;
and the most important part is...
3) writing an entrance fee on the sign. In my case, their listed price was MYR20 per head (of course don't forget to negotiate for the "real" price)
The one in the photo was about 70cm big, 2nd day in bloom.
This is the world's largest flower that can only be grown in Sabah. It is rare that one can see this large flower as it only blooms for seven days out of the entire year. However, I was luckily enough to see it near the town of Ranau. Since it was on private land, the owner charged a whopping RM10 per person just to see it. Apparently, no sightings were observed at Mount Kinabalu National Park. This flower was named after Sir Raffles.