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Sal Tree

Shorea Robusta Roxb

Description:

I spotted this beautiful tree while traveling through Phnom Penh. It had a very unique look and the flowers smelled fantastic! In Buddhist tradition, it is said that Queen Māyā of Sakya gave birth to Gautama Buddha under a sal tree in a garden in Lumbini. The trees in Cambodia had signs at the base stating that the trees were sacred and picking the flowers was sinful.

Habitat:

This tree is native to southern Asia. Sal is moderate to slow growing, and can attain heights of 30 to 35 m and a trunk diameter of up to 2-2.5 m.


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Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Lat: 11.56, Long: 104.92

Spotted on Sep 28, 2011
Submitted on Sep 28, 2011

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