The ensurai is a tree that is often standing precariously over the water edge and overlooking a river. When the berries of the tree are ripe schools of fishes would be below waiting to eat them.
In the past a fruiting ensurai tree would always attract Iban fishermen to sit below it.
This tree and its neigbhour across the river saw plenty of fishermen in their lifetime. I would imagine what that they would salute each other when they start to fruit and say let's see how many people come and fish this season!! Or if they can see better they might even say let's see how many fish come by!!
And one of the trees would say .."That's a mengalan there..."
And the other one would..."Hey...there are so many Ikan Padi there and a few prawns too with their bright eyes...."
And I wish I could speak tree language and hear their conversation.
This is the ensurai tree standing on the right bank of the Ulu Medamit river where the hanging bridge ends.
Its leaves are so beautiful. Two older ensurai trees have been washed away by the flood together with the second bridge as they held that bridge. These trees usually take 100 years to grow to full size. So it is a pity to cut down these trees recklessly.
Ensurai trees usually keep the banks of the river very neat and tidy. Prevent erosion!!
The above two photos are sourced from - http://www.rainforestjournal.com/the-neram-tree-dipterocarpus-oblongifolius/
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