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Simpur Air Besar

Dillenia excelsa


An unusual plant growing on the lake edge. 1st picture - an old empty fruit after it's edible seeds have been eaten by animals (birds usually). 2nd & 3rd pictures - flower buds with yellow flowers almost ready to bloom. 4th picture - the full plant, about 3 meters tall but can reach up to 40m. This species may be confused with other Dillenia species but it is easily distinguishable by it's purple stamens (see photo 5 for it's flower)


Growing at the edge of the lake in Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan, Sabah.


>>>Map accuracy : 50 m diameter. Special thanks to Nenik Hapsoro for the ID breakthrough.

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ChunXingWong 10 years ago

I have now identified it as Dillenia excelsa because of it's purple stamens.
Thanks for giving me a breakthrough, Nenik.

ChunXingWong 10 years ago

Thank you very much Nenik Hapsoro.
That is indeed a very good match.

Nenik Hapsoro
Nenik Hapsoro 10 years ago

Looks like simpur, simpoh or simpor ( Dillenia suffruticosa)

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Sabah, Malaysia

Spotted on Jun 7, 2010
Submitted on Dec 1, 2013

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