Simpoh Malesia

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Dillenia albiflos in flower

It's been quite some time since i updated my blog. Sorry about the delay though i wasn't really sure who often visited my blog anyway. On my recent fieldtrip to Johore, i manage t capture the bloom of Dillenia albiflos or more well known as 'simpoh puteh'. This is my first time witnessing the fresh flower. The flower is small in size and white in colour (photo as below).
Well, the interesting fact about this species is that it is restricted in certain part of Johore. My first encounter with this species is in Panti Forest Reserve and i also noted this species in my recent visit to Hutan Lipur Gunung Berlumut. The inflorescence of this species are slightly different compared to other species of Dillenia in Peninsuar Malaysia as the racemes are more complex and seems to be dangling down from the terminal end of the twig. Another thing that i noted is that the flower of this species faces downwards (photo as below).
Below is the photo on the habit of D. albiflos. Although this tree is captured during flowering season, the inflorescence and flowers are hardly visible. This is mainly because the flowers are small and white in colour, therefore much paler and not as striking and big as flowers of other Dillenia species in Peninsular Malaysia that are yellow orangey.

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