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Nepenthes [Periuk Kera] December 22, 2006

Posted by detikdirham in Introduction to Malaysia, Visit Malaysia 2007.
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Twenty one species of Nepenthes have been recorded in Sarawak. They usually grow on poor, acid soils, deficient in nitrogen. They are carnivorous plants which trap insects in the pitchers to provide them with some of their nitrogen needs.

Nepenthes start as rosette plants and mature into tendril climbers. Some of the tendrils bears funnel-shaped pitchers. Different species have pitchers of different shapes and colours. Most of the species are terrestrial while some are epiphytic.

The most spectacular species is N. lowii where the pitcher has a narrow constriction half-way up. N. ampullaria, N. rafflesiana and N. gracilis are found by roadsides while N northiana is endemic to limestone. Other species are confined to swamp forest and montane forest.

Habitat: Locally occasional in peat swamp, kerangas, limestone, mixed dipterocarp forest, submontane and montane forests, from sea level to 2,700m above sea level.

Distribution: Throughout Sarawak but many species are site specific.

Note: Nepenthes are threatened because of their high horticultural value.

Some species of pitcher plants commonly found in Sarawak’s lowlands:
* Nepenthes lowii
* Nepenthes rafflesiana
* Nepenthes muluensis
* Nepenthes ampullaria
* Nepenthes bicalcarata

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Part of Mount Kinabalu December 19, 2006

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This picture is part of Mount Kinabalu. What is it?…..

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Mount Kinabalu (Gunung Kinabalu) December 19, 2006

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Imagine , being surrounded by the wonders of nature’s lush garden dating from the dawn of time. Stand at the highest summit of Borneo as dawn peeks over the horizon to reveal Sabah’s splendours far and wide. Reflect the quiet, sacred moment when you experience the most magnificent sunrise of your lifetime. Stroll amidst the treetops at the rainforest canopy walk and gaze up close at centuries-old wonders. Soak in the healing balm of a magic spring as colourful butterflies flutter around you. Admire the world’s largest flower at your feet. Or lunch next to plants that lunch on insects.

You’ll find it all in the KInabalu Park – Malaysia’s first World Heritage designated by UNESCO in December 2000 for its ‘outstanding universal values’ and role as one of the world’s most important biological sites.

The focal point of the park, of course, is the majestic Mt. Kinabalu. Such is the importance of this mountain to Sabah, that the capital was renamed Kota Kinabalu (Kinabalu Fort) in 1964. The highest mountain between the Himalayas and the Snow Mountains of Papua Barat (New Guinea Island), this magnificent granite massif stands at 4,095.2 m. (13,435 ft.) tall.

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