Monday, July 14, 2008

Ceylon Ironwod Tree Flowering in Bintulu

I was on my way to park my car at Bintulu Town today , when my eyes were caught by the beautiful cone-shaped Ceylon Ironwood Tree (Mesua ferrea) that was in flowering. Below is a close up view of its large white flowers with yellow stamens.

The flowers are scented. The tree can easily reach a maximum height of sixty feet.

Mesua ferrea is native to Malaysia right to the Himalayas. Another interesting feature of this tree is that after each flowering season, it will display dark pink to brilliant red young leaves that are very attractive to see. I sighted this particular specimen at the open car park ( i.e. free car parking area) across the Bintulu Town Fountain .

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