Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Top part of the trunk snapped off this tree aka Pterocarpus indicus

According to the National library board website wood from this tree is used in furniture making. Its red latex is used in native medicine

There a number of majestic looking Angsana trees along Gerald Drive. There are less Angsana trees around these days because thier branches are more fragile and break easilt during thunderstorms. Sometimes the whole tree collapses. These trees were planted extensively by the British in the late 19th century. But a disease that spread from Malacca in Malalysia destroyed them. when singapore embarked on the Garden City campaign in 1967 Angsana trees were planted in great numbers as they grew fast. Sad to say diseases have struck again and other trees have taken its place

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