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Javan Cucumber

Alsomitra macrocarpa


large, flat, 4" seed pod with transparent wings


tropical rainforest


Species in the family Dipterocarpaceae are the dominant species in lowland rainforests in SE Asia and reach their greatest diversity in Borneo. Bogani Nani Wartabone national park.

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suzmonk 9 years ago

You're welcome, Dan ... lucky Google hit.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

I think you're right suz, looks more like Alsomitra macrocarpa, thanks!

suzmonk 9 years ago

Ah, yeah, gotcha. Flamboyantly beautiful. Any chance it could be something that was climbing up the tree? Maybe Alsomitra macrocarpa ... just a stray thought.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

I do have good luck with seeds. Not really a special liking just for them but anything cool or different that I come across.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

You find the most fascinating seed pods!! Do you have a special liking for seeds?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks john and suz. It does dwarf a maple samara big time! I didn't see the tree close up. It's one of the rainforest giants, with the canopy beginning 20 - 30m above the ground, so all you see is the buttress roots and trunk.

suzmonk 9 years ago

How knock-back is that? Makes maple samara seem positively tame... what does the tree look like?

johnlguerin 9 years ago

Pretty cool Dan.

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

Spotted on Jan 13, 2014
Submitted on Jun 15, 2014

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