[Mastwatch] Flowering in Sabah

Colin Maycock colin_maycock at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 18 19:00:42 PDT 2009

Hi All,

Things are a bit different in Sabah. 

In Sepilok
We had a big flowering of Parashoreas (P. malaanonan and P. tomentella) in Sepilok in late May, plus a few trees of Shorea leprosula & S. johorensis and 1 Shorea seminis. We had another small flowering of the Parashorea, plus a few other species Vatica rassak, Dryobalanops lanceolata & Shorea almon in September. And for the tenth year running - I don't think we are going to see any significant recruitment in Sepilok. 

In other parts:
We had a big flowering in parts of the upland MDFs of the Trus Madi FR in early August - with S. parvifolia, S.parvistipulata, S johorensis, S. platyclados, S. ovata, H. montana, H. plagata and P. malaanonan all flowering. 

We also had a smallish flowering in the upland MDF of Mt Kinabalu in July/August - with S. hopeifolia, Dipterocarpus ochreaus and D. humeratus flowering. There have also been flowerings in the Sungai Imbak, Lingkabau amd Timimbang FR - from what I've seen they aren't huge and it is unlikely there will be any significant natural recruitment. Especially as we are stripping most of the interesting trees (i.e. non-Parashoreas) of their seed crops for restoration work in Sabah.


--- On Sat, 10/17/09, Sakai Shoko <shokosakai at chikyu.ac.jp> wrote:

> From: Sakai Shoko <shokosakai at chikyu.ac.jp>
> Subject: Re: [Mastwatch] Mast at Gunung Palung
> To: mastwatch at lists.phylodiversity.net
> Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009, 7:12 AM
> Dear Cam and others,
> We are also seeing relatively large flowering in Lambir,
> Sarawak.
> Flowering are especially intensive around the canopy crane
> plot, where flowering is the largest since the
> establishment of the plot in 2000. Probably 70 % of canopy
> trees have some flowers/fruits, while it is not so much at
> some other areas of the park probably.
> Flowering of Dryobalanops has already finished one month
> ago, while many Shorea species are still flowering.
> This year we had minor flowering in June, thus some
> dipterocarp trees have both flowers and almost
> mature fruits. We are observing flower visitors, but we see
> less giant honey bee hives comparing with flowering 1996.
> I heard that flowering also occurred in the upper Baram,
> some part of Sabah, and around Kuching.
> We already enjoy plenty of durians in local markets.
> Shoko SAKAI
> > Dear `Borneo mast followers,'
> > 
> > I just came down (on Wednesday) from a short trip to
> Cabang Panti Research Station, Gunung Palung National Park,
> West Kalimantan (110.105, -1.215). I had been hearing rumors
> of Shorea flowering and went to confirm these.
> > 
> > Indeed, it seems like we are seeing a big flowering in
> the alluvial forest and adjacent lowlands.  I estimate
> that ca. 80% of the large (>70cm DBH) red and yellow
> meranti are in flower, some with huge crops (leaves
> invisible behind a mass of yellow petals).  Species
> that I noted in flower include: S. parvifolia, pauciflora,
> johorensis, leprasula, parvistipulata ssp. paristipulata,
> hopeifolia.  Species already with fruit included
> pinanga, macrophylla (already large), gibbosa.  I
> didn't see any selangan batu or white meranti
> reproductive.  Also, while there were a few fallen
> Dipterocarpus sublamellatus flowers, this dominant species
> at CP was generally not flowering.  Other rarely
> flowering taxa that are now in flower or fruit include:
> Castanopsis, Lophopetalum (x 2 spp), Kokoona, several
> Baccaurea, Sloanea, Alangium, Durio, Gonystylus, lots of
> Macaranga with huge crops, Salacia, Dyera, Nephelium,
> Parkia, Triomma, Sindora.
> > 
> > I went to ca. 150 m elevation on the granite-derived
> soils and did not see any evidence of Shorea or
> Dipterocarpus fertile up there, so this event seems
> restricted to the more fertile alluvium and
> sandstone-derived soils. Perhaps the hill forest will
> follow?
> > 
> > So, not sure how big the fruiting will be, but this is
> the biggest Shorea flowering I've personally seen. 
> Fruit fall should be sometime in February.  Hopefully
> we get a big seedling flush this time; seedling densities in
> plots in the granite measured in 2007 were at the lowest
> they have been since the plots were established in 1993.
> > 
> > The team who has been collecting with me is now in the
> forest.  Let me know if there is anything you
> especially would like to see.  We'll post the data as
> soon as we can at: http://phylodiversity.net/xmalesia/
> > 
> > If you know of other parts of Borneo or Peninsular
> Malaysia flowering, please post to this group.
> > 
> > Best,
> > 
> > Cam
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
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