Simpoh Malesia

All about learning Dillenia

Saturday, March 08, 2008

What's Dillenia?

Dillenia or much known as 'simpoh' or 'chimpoh' by the locals has very large and attractive flowers with huge leaves that are toothed. Besides that, fallen leaves of 'simpoh' will leave horse-shoe scars on it's twig. The bark of the tree are usually red to pinkish red or brown-orangey though the dead outer bark may be greyish in colour (Ridley 1922). The name 'simpoh' that had been given by the locals is believed being obtained through the hissing sound made by the tree trunk when being slashed using 'parang'. Please take note that the sound can only be heard when one stuck his or her ear at the area that is being slashed. The hissing sound is obtained due to the process of air being sucked through the empty spaces in the wood when water is being sent from the trunk to the leaves.


  • At 4:25 AM, Blogger Oliphas said…

    Dear Ai Lee,

    interesting blog :)

    My name is Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz. I'm a graduate student at the University of Tokyo and I'm interested in Dillenia indica.

    It seems that you have been "hunting" dillenias around Peninsular Malaysia, and must have thus the best knowledge about their distribution.

    I would be very interesting in contacting you and make some questions. Can I get any email address where to drop you an email?

    You may find mine at

    My best regards,



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