Sunday, December 4, 2016

Ornamental Plant from Peat forest in Heart of Borneo

Some people maybe think that Putussibau, the capital of Kapuas Hulu district, has least entertainment. But for some others, Putussibau has many refreshing places that are really refreshing. One of it is the wide forest around the city.

Walking in peat swamps in hot springs with rogue mosquitoes is quite enough to turning on our refresh button. Walking under the canopy of high trees, enjoying the birds singing, and the most dramatic is ... when Enggang or Rangkong clap their wings when they move from one too another tree. Although it is no longer primary forest with high biodiversity, some interesting tropical species are relatively easy to find in these forests. Some of these can be seen below.

The pitcher of this Nepenthes looks so solid, thick and hard.

Nepenthes ampullaria, small green pitcher
Wild Pipper,
Wild Orchid
Ant Plant
Sarang semut, tumbuhan ini relatif mudah untuk di temukan di Kalimantan Barat pada umumnya. Relatif sangat mudah untuk ditemukan di pohon-pohon yang tumbuh di pinggirang sungai. Bahkan di pinggir jalan lintas selatan menuju Putussibau, kita bisa menemukan masyarakat memelihara tumbuhan yang satu ini. Tumbuhan yang satu ini dikenal memiliki khasiat yang besar untuk kesehatan. Salah satu masyarakat Kapuas Hulu yang memelihara tanaman ini, menceritakan bahwa salah satu anggota keluarganya berhasil menurunkan gula darahnya dalam waktu relatif singkat dengan mengkonsumsi rebusan daging batang tumbuhan sarang semut.

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