12 Jul 2012 – Dedicated to Trees Around The World
This post will be edited and updated as interesting pix, etc crosses the path. Will mark this kind of postings with+ To tree lovers, AT fellow-hikers especially Mike Freed/LOON, retired professor in forestry.
Will need him to identify the trees, so that Denise in Brisbane/Australia will be happy 🙂 Pix taken by me except when stated downloaded.
Singapore: Bukit Brown cemetery has one of the many magnificent trees, hopefully the highway will be constructed around them as they are part of our ancestors!!
Monkey Pod trees. Some near my house were planted by Mark Twain in the 1800s – LOON 13 Jul
Singapore: Marine Parade Rd, Pulau Ubin and SIN Botanic Gardens/SBG
Malaysia: Kuching, Sarawak at Jalan Reservoir, Main Bazaar, Astana
USA: Honolulu, HI – Eucalyptus on the left and a Banyan Tree or ‘Strangler Fig’ on the right. Banyan trees can start as a small plant in the crotch of another tree and grow down to the ground with its twisted roots as you see in this photo. Eventually it can outgrow and completely surround the host tree, in effect it will strangle its own host – LOON
Hong Kong & 江门Jiāngmén/China: where ancestral village and home is located
Australia: Karri Forest and the Margaret River area in WA
USA: South Carolina: Sweetgum trees in the fall in SC (Liquidamber Styraciflua). Flows off the tongue when you say it like sugarcane molasses – LOON
Angel Oak is a Southern live oak (Quercus virginiana) located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston, SC. Angel Oak is estimated to be 500yrs old. It stands 66.5′(20m) tall, measures 28′(8.5m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200sq’ (1,600sq m).
Norway: OSL, Frognerbadet, Ole Vigs gt, Jacob Aalls gt, the only tree (birch) seen from the window where I sleep with a Buddy Car parked there for a few hours, an ideal car for cities! It is a nice surprise to see how these trees (excluding the one in Frognerbadet!) can grow in the middle of this concrete blocks and hard pavements!
Ireland: Co Dublin, Kerry & Meath
I never saw a discontented tree. They grip the ground as though they liked it, and though fast rooted they travel about as far as we do. They go wandering forth in all directions with every wind, going and coming like ourselves, traveling with us around the sun two million miles a day, and through space heaven knows how fast and far – John Muir
Have been blessed with the above trees crossing my path. Some of these trees below are on my list to see.
24 Oct 2015: African Baobab, above 2pix are downloaded. Baobab is the common name of a genus of trees (Adansonia). There are eight species. Six species live in the drier parts of Madagascar, one in mainland Africa, and one in Australia. The national tree of Madagascar. Known as the tree of life, with good reason. It can provide shelter, clothing, food, and water for the animal and human inhabitants of the African ‘savannah’ regions. The cork-like bark and huge stem are fire resistant and are used for making cloth and rope. The leaves are used as condiments and medicines. The fruit, called ‘monkey bread’, is edible, and full of vitamin C.
Also this tree is in my bucket list to see!
8 Nov 2016 – above pix downloaded. The soils of Borneo are notoriously poor in nutrients, even among rainforests. Plants have many adaptations to cope with this, but paramount to many strategies is having a shallow root system that collects the nutrients as soon as they are freed from the decaying leaf litter. Roots also don’t need to be deep as moisture is almost never in short supply. Because of this, many large rainforest trees utilize the addition of buttress roots to keep them stable. Some research also indicates that these buttresses may also help the trees to competitively exclude nearby neighbors. I couldn’t resist photographing this stunning specimen in the swampy forests of Mulu National Park in northern Sarawak. Nikon D810 | 17-35mm f/2.8 with polarizer | ISO 200 | Aperture f/11
9 Jun 2017: The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is home to the oldest trees in the world, Bristlecone Pines. Some of these living trees exceed 4000 years of age and exhibit spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood. The visitor center at Schulman Grove, CA is open in summer.
The Tule Tree, or El Árbol del Tule, is a Montezuma cypress tree on the grounds of a church in Santa María del Tule in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. It measures more than 119 feet around but is only 116 feet high. It’s believed that the tree is about 2,000yrs. Local legend holds that the tree was planted 1,400 years ago by a priest of the Aztec storm god. According to National Geographic, it is the inspiration for an annual festival in Oaxaca.
The squat, bulbous boab has provided water, food, medicine, shelter, even burial crypts for Aboriginals, some of whom regard the tree as sacred. This boab in W Australia is known as the Derby prison tree—erroneously, according to U of Tasmania historian Kristyn Harman and U of Adelaide architectural anthropologist Elizabeth Grant. Though the tree was reputed to be a holding cell or staging area for Aboriginal prisoners en route to Derby, Harman and Grant debunk the story as ‘a deliberate move to present it as a dark tourism site displaying colonial triumphs over Aboriginal people.’
, provides more than just shade from the sub-Saharan sun. Like other so-called palaver trees, it’s a traditional setting for storytelling, ceremonies, and regulating village life. ‘A place to meet and talk, to seek compromise and settle disputes, to bridge differences and foster unity,’ wrote Kofi Annan, the former secretary-general of the United Nations, from Ghana, in his memoir. ‘If you have a problem and can’t find a solution, you meet again tomorrow and you keep talking.’
Edited 29Jul 2017: Trees of the Fort Tour in SIN.
Couroupita guianensis Cannonball Tree and do not get under it, Ficus benghalensis Banyan Tree, Caesalpinia ferrea Leopard Tree, Ceiba pentandra Kapok Tree with a thorny trunk,
Melaleu cacajuputi Paper Bark Tree and the sap is non-sticky oily with no fragrance, Pandanus tectorius Screw Pine, Phaleria clerodendron Rosy Apple with lovely fragrance but poisonous, Delonix regia The Flame of the Forest-if only we could plant them at Orchard Rd and get them to flower at Christmas!
2Jul 2018: above pix from National Geographic Feb 2017.