Monthly Archives: June 2014


Mesua ferrea : The useful, graceful tree

Mesua ferrea or known as penaga lilin, Ceylon ironwood, Indian rose chestnut, or cobra’s saffron, belongs to the family Calophyllaceae. The tree is native to Sri Lanka, India, southern Nepal, Burma, Thailand, Indochina, the Philippines, Malaysia and Sumatra. It grows in evergreen forests, especially in river valleys. In the Himalayas and India the tree can grow at up to 1500 m altitude and at up to 1000 m altitude in Sri Lanka. As the name “ironwood” indicates, the wood of this tree is very heavy, hard and strong, deep dark red in colour. The flowers, leaves, seeds and roots have medicinal [...]

Mesua ferrea : The useful, graceful tree2018-05-17T14:16:43+00:00

Eusideroxylon zwageri: The official tree of Sarawak

[wppa type="slide" album="88" align="center"][/wppa] Belian  (Eusideroxylon zwageri) is a hardwood tree that does not belong to dipterocarp group. This tree belongs to the family Lauraceae. Belian tree is a tree species that grows slowly and will take up to 120 years to reach 30 cm diameter. However, the seed germinates easily if given a suitable environment. This tree can grow up to 30 m height with trunk diameter reaching 1 m. Belian seeds are poisonous and very hard. The natural distribution is Indonesia (Kalimantan and Sumatra), Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak Borneo) and the Philippines. It is known as Belian (Sabah and Sarawak Borneo); Borneo Ironwood (European [...]

Eusideroxylon zwageri: The official tree of Sarawak2014-06-23T01:44:08+00:00
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