June 19, 2010

Ensurai Tree

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!!

So these two trees would say..."There's a semah there...."

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!!
 Neram fruits

Neram fruits
The above two photos are sourced from -  http://www.rainforestjournal.com/the-neram-tree-dipterocarpus-oblongifolius/


Ah Ngao said...

dear Sarawakiana,how's the taste of the fruit?
must be sappy,eh

Ann said...



you remember the Sibau fruit?

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Sarawakiana, always learning something new or exciting drop by here, ha ha. This is an interesting tree....must remember it if I go fishing where you are.
Have a pleasant week, Lee.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Dear Ah Ngao..
The ensurai fruits are reddish and small..and birds eat them too. I heard some kids eat them for fun but it is actually too minute for humans...Will go to visit these trees especially next year to make a study...They usually fruit early in the year..but with global warming their fruiting has changed.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi yes I remember the Sibau fruit...lots of them in Sibu...very sour..

Sarikei Time Capsule has written about them too.


Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi Uncle Lee
thanks for dropping by...yes..it is good to fish under an ensurai tree when it is fruiting... I hope that environmental feature will be true for years to come..Protect flora and fauna for our future generations!!

You are welcome to Ulu Medamit! May the forest continue to be our supplier of food and good health! Cheers.

Ann said...

The grafted ones were sweet but not as nice as the rambutan. When I saw them last July, I bought them for nostalgic reasons. They were also very difficult to twist to open. Full of sap, so I put my hand in a plastic bag, and used a knife to cut it open.

My West Malaysian friend teased me that my Sibu fruit was of inferior quality.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Hi My family does buy and eat Sibau be there sweet or sour.
We are rough...just twist the fruits..
We consider them our ancestors' fruits not fruits of inferior quality.Look at the old type of guava...they are just so nice!! Stay tuned for this upcoming article on old guava.

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Naomi said...

this tree must take long to grow big.

Ensurai said...

The seeds when fried is Nutty, better than peanuts.

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