Saturday, April 12, 2014

Trees of Malaysia

The Malaysian tropical rainforest is one of the most complex and rich ecosystem in the world. Being our natural heritage, the rainforest is home to about 14,500 species of flowering plants and trees. Some of the fruiting species or leaves are used for food or extraction of chemical compounds for treating diseases. Trees which have beautiful flowers or shape have been introduced as ornamental plants.

The following five trees are being featured in this stamp issue by Pos Malaysia :

The Kapur tree, also known as Camphor Tree, was one of the main sources of camphor. It attracted early Arab traders to Borneo, and was worth more than gold at that time. It was used for incense and perfumes production.

The Pulai tree and the Burgor tree are widely planted in gardens and along the highway.

The Tembusu Padang tree has yellowish flowers with a distinct fragrance. The fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.

The Perah tree, with fresh fruits which are poisonous but can be consumed after cooking.


Date of Issue : 14 Aug 1999
Postmark : Kajang
Denomination : 5 x 30 sen
Stamp Size : 30mm x 25mm
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phosphor Coated
Printing Process : Lithography


We are fortunate to have such a rich ecosystem in the country. If I were to choose, I will definitely go for a place with trees planted, rather than a concrete jungle, and of course not the real jungle though :p

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