Sunday, May 13, 2007

Angsana: The Breakable Tree

NF#1: The angsana tree (Pterocarpus indicus) was introduced into Singapore in the early 19th century. It is native to the southern part of the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The tree was introduced to provide shade as it is quick growing and easily transplanted.

NF#2: However, mature trees are known to have a weak structure, and break easily, especially during stormy weathers. Being a roadside tree, it is thus a potential hazard for vehicles and nearby buidlings. This is also probably the reason why this tree looks like this now.

Joke: Ahem, this tree always remainds me of some people I know - those who appear strong and hardly outside, but turn out to be weaklings.

NF#3: Angsana wood is said to be the best fine-furniture wood in Malaysia. It is used to make tables, chairs, cabinets, and decorative items.

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You will be quite lucky if you can see the flowers, as they usually last for only one day. The flowers are small, yellow and faintly fragrant. They grow in large bunches 15 to 30 cm long.

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