Mass Flowering Of The Malaysian Rainforest
At present, dipterocarp forests in many parts of Malaysia are undergoing mass flowering (and consequent fruiting) in myriad colours. It is a unique phenomenon that usually occurs intermittently but sometimes may see intervals of many years. The synchronous flowering and its amazing display of beautiful scenes in many hues amidst the green sea of rainforest is a sight to behold.
Dipterocarpaceae is a family of plants that are tall, grand trees with distinctive formations and which are rich in species diversity spread across tropical regions. In Malaysia, dipterocarp forests are not only ecosystems providing important functions and services, but are also habitats for valuable natural resources, including highly-prized timbers.
The environmental cues for unusual mass flowerings in dipterocarp forests can be associated with prolonged droughts or a drop in minimum night-time temperature.
If you are interested to know more, join the Greening Malaysia Campaign Webinar Series 2 on ‘Mass Flowering of the Malaysian Rainforest: Capitalising on the Event for Mass Production of Planting Materials’ on 30 July 2021 from 10:00 am to 12:20 pm. FRIM will reveal interesting findings of over 20 years’ of research on mass flowering as well as strategies for the mass production of planting materials.
The webinar is co-organised by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and The Habitat Foundation. There will also be speakers from Forestry Department Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak Forest Department, Sabah Forestry Department, Malaysian Nature Society and Tropical Forest Research and Conservation Centre.
We will share more details on the webinar soon.
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Kementerian Tenaga dan Sumber Asli
Jabatan Perhutanan Semenanjung Malaysia
Sabah Forestry Department
Forest Department Sarawak
Malaysian Nature Society
Kempen Penanaman 100 Juta Pokok