Giant Trees Found on Borneo

This Yellow Meranti broke the record of a kind of tree that had been found previously in the Tawau National Park area, which was as high as 88.3 meters.

Researchers found a giant tree on Borneo. The tree’s height reaches 89.5 meters or almost equivalent to two times Prambanan Temple, 1.2 meters taller than similar trees that have previously been found.

Meranti Kuning (Shorea faguetiana), the name of the tree, was discovered by researchers from Cambridge University who were working with the Sabah Forestry Department, Malaysia, while running a project to protect diversity in forest areas.

Meranti Kuning, which is now crowned as the highest, was found in one of the wild forests included in the Maliau Basin forest conservation area, also known as “Sabah’s Lost World”.

The team initially discovered the tree through the LiDAR scanner, a machine capable of producing detailed 3D images of the rainforest canopy of up to hundreds of kilometers.

Dr David Coomes, who led the study, said the trees they found could be the tallest trees in the tropics.

This Yellow Meranti broke the record of a kind of tree that had been found previously in the Tawau National Park area, which was as high as 88.3 meters.

It is not an easy matter to measure the height of the Meranti Kuning. The only way is to climb. Unding Jami, a tree climber from Sabah, is the person who carried out the measurement mission.

At the top of the tree, he confirmed the height of the tree through a short message he sent to the entire team. Unfortunately, he did not have much time to take good pictures with the camera because an eagle tried to attack him.

Dr. Coomes explained, trees that grow in tropical climates can indeed grow taller 30 meters to 90 meters.

Meranti Kuning itself is an endangered tree. Preservation is necessary, especially large trees are crucial to protect the forest and its ecology.

“Conservation of this giant tree is very important, as the Redwood tree in California is one of the largest and longest organisms that ever lived on Earth,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail, Tuesday (06/07/2016).

The Sabah government made a decision to protect and restore the Meranti tree ecosystem in the eastern part of the Maliau Basin.

“It’s something extraordinary to know that this giant tree is still living well and we are in a project to restore its ecosystem,” he said.

(Source: Monika Novena / Kompas.com)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *