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Durian Tree

Durio zibethinus


We found this tree after walking a short distance from the entrance. It was tall, and was entirely covered with leaves. A flower had dropped, and it was a darkish pink, with yellow streaks and spots all over. Hanging from the flower, on its underside, were bright green leaves. At that time, no fruit had developed, so no durian was in sight, just some flowers here and there, and lots of leaves. At the time we were there, unfortunately there were no fruit or flowers, but usually at this time you would be able to see durians and large, yellow flowers. The shape of the leaves of this plant are lanceolate; the dimensions are 5.5 cm for length, and 2 cm for width. The leaf margins are entire, the venation is netted pinate, the leaf arrangement is unknown, and the leaf texture is sticky. Other characteristics we noticed of the leaves are its slightly smooth surface. The bark texture is rough and furrowed, and the plant has prop and stilt roots.


The durian tree was located under a humongous canopy of trees, and was shaded greatly from sunlight. Maybe that was one of the reasons why the durians weren't regularly growing at their season, and why the flowers and leaves were starting to droop. Secondary rainforest; survives in a humid and rainy climate.

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Singapore American School
Spotted by a stud ent at Singapore American School

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Feb 22, 2013
Submitted on Mar 17, 2013

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