Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Golden yellow flowers of a jungle tree

 There are many "imported" or non-indigenous trees that are planted as wayside trees in Sarawak.  However, Sarawak is a wealth of forests and there are many local jungle trees can easily be taken out from its original habitat and planted in parks, home gardens or roads here. Among the successful native trees of Malaysia that are  planted in the urban towns or city environment are the Angsana (Pterocarpus indicus), Merawan siput jantan (Hopea odorata), Jelutong (Dyera costulata), Kelumpang burung (Sterculia parviflora), Eugenia oleina and Kedah Gardenia (Gardenia carinata).  At the Kambatik Park this week one jungle tree species has started to flower abundantly.  At the moment I am not able to identify the tree but it is obviously a very hard tropical wood tree.  It is located at Botanic Island One and the tree height is approximately 20 meters high.  I think this tree is a beautiful candidate for urban tree landscaping in Sarawak or Malaysia for that matter.

Location : Botanic Island One - The Kambatik Park, Bintulu.


  1. Hi Mr. Mahmud.

    Nice Blog. By the way, my name is Linda from Sarawak Biodiversity. I am very interested with Hopea odorata. I would like to ask you the availability of the plant in Sarawak. May I know where I can buy/get the plants?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Linda,
      I know in Sibu and Bintulu these trees are already started to be planted and supplied by the nurseries there. I have not seen them planted popularly yet in Kch as roadside trees. Anyway, I'll be in Kuching coming November and be visiting some nurseries there. If I happen to stumble upon the Hopea odorata I'll keep you informed.