Sunday, June 10, 2012

Rainforest Flower Medinilla in Arfak mountains

In Hatam language, the following rainforest flower is called Yengum flower. It is from the genus of Medinilla. This ornamental flower plant is suitable for the landscaping of houses in high elevation or mountaineous region.
I saw the shrub when I accompanied 5 American visitors on a 4-day-3-night hiking tour in Arfak mountains. On the first day, we trekked the low elevation forest of Warkapi where we stayed there for one night at Camp Mawowi. The next day, we continued our trip to Kwau village by a 4WD car. We watch a tree kangaroo, bower bird and the magnificent birds of paradise. The trails to Camp Mawowi were very steep. Some portions of them were close to ninety degrees. Trekkers need to be extra careful when ascending and descending the steep slopes of this mountain range of Arfak. As a matter of fact, Arfak is one of the best destinations in the tropical region for trekking.
This trekking tour in Arfak mountains was part of an ecotourism tour packages that I have been promoting for nearly three years. The goal of this program is to preserve the rainforest and to provide employment opportunities to the local people.
After spending 4 days trekking in Arfak mountains of Manokwari, these American trekkers would continue their trips by Komodo liveaboard to Dore and Cendrawasih bays. by Charles Roring. To book a trekking tour in Arfak mountains, please, contact me via email:

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