In a mangrove stand

05 October 2020 near Sadong Jaya jetty
Mangrove seedlings establishing themselves on a silty mud river bank in a mangrove mangal near the mouth of the Sadong River from whence mighty headhunter warriors once paddled by.
Very obvious are the abundant pneumatophores (specialized root-like structures which stand upright from the mud). These "breathing tubes" allow mangrove to directly absorb air in a biome which is tidally inundated.

It has been stated that Malaysian Borneo has some 5,320 square kilometres of mangroves. There are some 110 species of what are considered mangroves although only a few maybe seen in any one biome. However, this small diversity provides a habitat for a great many other species such as marine fauna.

Around every twenty years or so, the mangrove tree bears fruit. This is obviously a very rare event and witnessed but by a few people.
The fruit usually has markings on it which resemble the Roman alphabet. Quite strangely, the markings are arranged to spell words such as the brand names of electrical goods commonly found in Asia (this being an Asian species of mangrove). This particular fruit had markings seemingly proclaiming "Pensonic".


   01 July 2021






Created by Clem Kuek