Visiting the Penang Botanic Gardens.
There is a tram ride around the garden for RM2 but we are not taking today.
Please take notice :
The Penang Botanic Gardens Department assumes no responsibility or liability for any injury, loss, damage or death incurred as a result of use of facilities or natural disasters occuring within the grounds of the Penang Botanic Gardens.
Jabantan Taman Botani
Name : CANNON-BALL TREE
Botanical Name : Couroupita guianensia
Family : Lecythidaceae
Origin : Guyana
A beautiful fast growing tree which reaches 25m in height. The leaves have a life span of approximately 6 months after which they are shed rapidly so that the crown is usually bare for a day or two.
A remarkable flowering tree bearing large pinkish red fragrant waxy flowers borne on tree trunks on long woody twigs. Later, followed by large reddish brown globular fruits, which attain the size of human head and contain a mass of sour smelling pulp, take 8-9 months to ripen.
Flowering continues for many weeks ideally suited in large gardens and parks.
Botanical Name : Lagerstroemia floribunda
Origin : Malaysia, Thailand, Burma
A fast growing ornamental flowering tree, with dense, bushy, conical or broadly cylindric crown, reaching 18 meters high. A characteristic feature of this tree is the smooth, hard, peeling bark which gives a glossy touch to the truck.
The flowers are mauve pink fading white, in panicles up to 38cm long. The fruits are oval shaped, in the form of capsule measuring 1.5cm wide and 2.0cm long. It is grown as shade tress in parks and open spaces as well as an ornamental flowering tree in home gardens.
Name : Upas, Ipoh
Botanical Name : Antiaris toxicaria
Family : Urticaccae
Origin : Malaysia, India, South China
This medium sized lofty tree reaches up to 30 metres in height. A distinct feature is the latex of the bark, which contains a virulent poison. The natives in Malaysia effectively use the poison in their poisoned darts and arrows. They are also recorded as using the fibrous bark as cloth.
Name : Sea Apple
Origin : Africa, Asia
Penang Botanic Gardens
Address : Jalan Kebun Bunga, 10350 Pulau Pinang , Malaysia