What about a short lesson about the keruing? The Keruing is decreasing in number and we should actually start replanting them.
Keruing is a special species of tropical hardwood found in Malaysia (especially in Sarawak twenty years ago) and Indonesia.
Some of the best home furniture and flooring are made from this timber.
And I remembered a friend who once took us for some jungle trekking pointed out the trees for us to photograph. He quipped, "Take photos if you like. Not many people care about these trees nowadays. In this patch, only a few are left, the rest have been logged by probably illegal timber people who know that one tree this size can build a small house in fact." That was many years ago.
Today, indeed, very few Keruings are left in the jungles of Sarawak. Some timber concessionaries have already logged all of them.
But if you drive to Long Lama or any where in the Baram you can still see the tall beautiful silhouette of the Keruing trees, beckoning to you. But unlike the tapang tree, bees do not build their nest on them.
This beautiful tree is fo und both on lowland and hilly terrain. It is quite easy to recongise.
|Beautiful bench made from keruing ( google)|
Asian Mahogany, or Keruing, is made up of about 70 species of the Dipterocarpus genus. These large hardwoods can grow to heights of 230 feet. The various species are found throughout the eastern hemisphere in areas such as the Philippines, Pakistan, India, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. Asian mahogany trees can reach heights of up to 200 feet when fully mature with diameters of up to six feet.
of Malaysian origin. It is found mostly in lowland forest but may also be found in some hilltop forests.
It is more often used as a flooring material. But it should not be exposed to excessive moisture or
It is a pity that many Malaysians cannot easily tell the names of the trees which are found around them.
Nowadays we may have to consider what we are teaching our kids . It is a pity that many parents take the easy way out - give them an iPad.