March 27, 2013

Good bye Angsana Tree

Miri has many angsana trees which were originally planted by the colonial government before the Second World War. Together with angsana, rain trees (which make Taiping so famous), are also found dotted all over the pretty roads of Miri.

Perhaps it is now time to widen roads, and to put up more electric and telephone poles, the trees have to be cut down. In the last few days VERTICAL Mowers have been pretty busy in Miri.

Sri Mawar students will remember their classes were called Primary Five Angsana or Primary Five Rhu.

Other students would remember Angsana trees as beautiful trees which give good shades and pretty yellow flowers with a faint perfume.

So just in case many ( students ) forget what an angsana tree is all about here is just some info for you.

The hardwood, which is purplish, is termite resistant and rose-scented. The wood known in Indonesia as amboyna is the burl of the tree, named after Ambon, where much of this material was originally found. Often amboyna is finely sliced to produce an extremely decorative veneer, used for decoration and in making of furniture and keys on a marimba.
 Amboyna Burl wood
















    pen by Rodney Neep
Exotic Amboyna burl wood is one of the most sought after woods. For obvious reasons!  This exotic pen is made from Amboyna burl.

The flower is used as a honey source while leaf infusions are used as shampoos. Both flowers and leaves were said to be eaten. The leaves are supposedly good for waxing and polishing brass and copper. It is also a source of kino or resin.[6]
In folk medicine, it is used to combat tumors.[6] This property might be due to an acidic polypeptide found in its leaves that inhibited growth of Ehrlich ascites carcinoma cells by disruption of cell and nuclear membranes.[citation needed] It was also one of the sources of lignum nephriticum, a diuretic in Europe during the 16th to 18th centuries. Its reputation is due to its wood infusions, which are fluorescent.[4]
The tree is recommended as an ornamental tree for avenues and is sometimes planted  as a shade and ornament. The tall, dome-shaped crown, with long, drooping branches is very attractive and the flowers are spectacular in areas with a dry season. It is very easily propagated from seed or large stem cuttings, but suffers from disease problems. It is widely planted as a roadside, park, and parking lot tree. (wikipedia)


wenn said...

great tree..

Sarawakiana@2 said...

It has been there ever since I came to Miri. I would wait for it to flower every year. Actually seldom flowered. Now it is all gone.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

too bad you did fly me over, so the two of us can chain to the tree.

Sarawakiana@2 said...

Too late..If we chain ourselves to the tree today, people would think it is April Fools' Day prank..but the stump is there and people just look at the wood. Nothing significant to them...the road needs more space.

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