Monthly Archives: April 2014


Sterculia parviflora: Vibrant coloured food source for wildlife

[wppa type="slide" album="49" align="center"][/wppa] Sterculia parviflora is a species of plant in the Sterculiaceae family. It is known as kelumpang burung, because birds love to eat its’s fruit. Sterculia is taken from “Sterculius” (the god of manure) of Roman mythology. This is referring to the unpleasant aroma of the flowers of this genus. Sterculia parviflora is claimed as one of the larger Sterculia trees to be found in this region. This tree can grow up to 7-20 m tall and girth reaching up to 180 cm with pinkish bark. It has a simple leave with oblong to elliptic oblong shape of [...]

Sterculia parviflora: Vibrant coloured food source for wildlife2014-04-28T09:46:37+00:00

Bertholletia excelsa: The tough brazil nut

[wppa type="slide" album="50" align="center"][/wppa] Brazil nut or Bertholletia excelsa is a South American tree. This tree belongs to the family Lecythidaceae and the only species in the monotypic genus of Bertholletia. It is native to the Guianas, Venezuela, Brazil, eastern Colombia, eastern Peru, and eastern Bolivia. It occurs as scattered trees in large forests on the banks of the Amazon River, Rio Negro, Tapajós and the Orinoco. The brazil nut is a large tree, reaching 30-45 m tall and with a trunk 1-2 m in diameter, making it among the largest of trees in the Amazon rainforests. It may live for [...]

Bertholletia excelsa: The tough brazil nut2014-04-28T09:45:37+00:00

Pithecellobium bubalinum: Kerdas, the local appetizer

[wppa type="slide" album="51" align="center"][/wppa] Kerdas or Pithecellobium bubalinum is a large, shady tree that belongs to the family Fabaceae. This tree usually grows wild in the forest and can be up to 25 m tall. In some areas in Malaysia, Pithecellobium bubalinum is also known as genuak. Originating from Malaysia and Indonesia, kerdas tree grows in the tropics especially in Southeast Asia. Kerdas wood has a hard bark, gray-brown in colour and can be used as firewood. The wood is also processed for other uses. The leaves are soft-textured and green when old while the young shoots are purple. The flowers [...]

Pithecellobium bubalinum: Kerdas, the local appetizer2014-04-28T09:45:01+00:00

Hopea odorata: Spiralling two-winged seeds

[wppa type="slide" album="52" align="center"][/wppa] Hopea odorata or merawan siput jantan is also known locally by other interesting names such as cengal pasir, cengal kampung, cengal pulau and cengal mas. As implied in these local names, H. odorata belongs to the same family as the true cengal (Neobalanocarpus heimii) namely Dipterocarpaeae. Naturally, H. odorata is distributed from Indo-China, Myanmar, Thailand, Borneo, Peninsular Malaysia to the Andaman Islands. In Peninsular Malaysia, it commonly occurs in the northern part mainly in the state of Perlis, Kedah, Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu. The tree is basically a riparian species and is normally found near river or [...]

Hopea odorata: Spiralling two-winged seeds2014-04-28T09:44:29+00:00

Syzygium campanulatum: The pretty screen

[wppa type="slide" album="40" align="center"][/wppa] Syzygium campanulatum belongs to family Myrtaceae or the sea apple family. It originates from South East Asia and is popularly used as an urban landscaping plant due to its hardiness and adaptability. Also known as the wild cinnamon, the species can easily be planted as trees, hedges or shaped into topiaries. Syzygium campanulatum produces attractive reddish or pink leaf shoots all year round and flushes exceptionally after pruning. Syzygium campanulatum trees can be seen at FRIMs main entrance where they were planted in 1992 as a hedge for view screening. Fowering kelat paya trees planted in 2011 [...]

Syzygium campanulatum: The pretty screen2014-04-28T09:44:03+00:00

Ziziphus mauritiana: Tasty little fruits

  [wppa type="slide" album="35" align="center"][/wppa]   Ziziphus mauritiana, also known as bidara, Chinese apple, jujube, Indian plum or masau belongs to the family Rhamnaceae  and originates from Indo-malayan region. The tree is  spiny up to 15 m high, with spreading crown; stipular spines and drooping branches. The fruit is of variable shape and size, a bit juicy and has a pleasant aroma. The fruit is edible to human and also eaten by squirrels and birds. The tree has became a weed species in Australia where the fruits are eaten by cattle. Ziziphus mauritiana can be seen flowering and fruiting near the [...]

Ziziphus mauritiana: Tasty little fruits2014-04-28T09:43:40+00:00

Dryobalanops oblongifolia: Little white stars on the ground

  [wppa type="slide" album="34" align="center"][/wppa] Dryobalanops oblongifolia or keladan is a tree species of Dipterocarpaceae family, a close relative to kapur or Dryobalanops aromatica which is an important source of camphor. The species name oblongifolia refers to the shape of the leaf, (oblongus = rather long and folium = leaf) while aromatica refers to the aromatics in kapur trees. Keladan timber is moderately heavy and traded under the kapur group, used for wharf decking, bridges, shipbuilding and railway sleepers. The fruits make excellent raw vegetable. Keladan are emergent trees, about 55 m tall, found in mixed dipterocarp forests of Borneo, Sumatera and Peninsular Malaysia. Keladan is [...]

Dryobalanops oblongifolia: Little white stars on the ground2014-04-28T09:43:10+00:00

Hopea helferi: Flowers of a decade

  [wppa type="slide" album="15" align="center"][/wppa] Hopea helferi is a forest tree species belonging to family Dipterocarpaceae. Its natural habitat is moist forest and along streams and was recorded to be widely distributed throughout India, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia.  The species is listed in the IUCN List as critically endangered.  Locally known as giam lintah bukit, this medium-sized tree can grow up to 20 to 37 m tall. Its wood is used for light and heavy construction including handicrafts. As with most Dipterocarps, the species has irregular flowering and fruiting pattern. A tree planted in FRIM was observed to flower in [...]

Hopea helferi: Flowers of a decade2014-04-28T09:42:37+00:00

Mangifera gedebe: The Sourly Fruit

[wppa type="slide" album="8" align="center"][/wppa] Mangifera gedebe belongs to the mango family and distributed naturally in West Java, Sumatra and Eastern Borneo. The tree is locally known as kedepir, gedepir or repeh. The fruits are only edible when unripe and are very sour. When ripe, the pulp is too scanty and hard. The wood has been used traditionally in East Kalimantan as housing material especially for walls. It has been recorded that along riverbanks the trees flower in June to September and fruit in August to November. In FRIM, after two and a half years, it fruits for the first time. The fruiting trees can be seen at the FRuit Tree Arboretum. Prepared [...]

Mangifera gedebe: The Sourly Fruit2014-04-28T09:41:25+00:00

Cabbage-leafed nutmeg: Luscious fruits for birds

  [wppa type="slide" album="2" size="500" align="center"][/wppa]   Horsfieldia superba or Cabbage-leafed nutmeg belongs to the  Myristicaceae or nutmeg family. It is locally known as penarahan.  The tree size is medium to big, reaching up to 30 m high. The leaf is very large, elliptic, rusty wooly. The bole is straight, bark longitudinally fissured, dippled or cracked.  The habitat includes lowland and swampy forests. This species can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Sumatra. To see the globose, yellow to orange fruits of this species, go to B2 building where one tree can be seen full with fruits. Hornbills and  emerald [...]

Cabbage-leafed nutmeg: Luscious fruits for birds2014-04-25T15:20:02+00:00
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