Dr John van Wyhe on Solving the Darwin-Wallace Mystery

June 25, 2012

Tembusu Fellow, Dr John van Wyhe featured in Faculty of Science Research Newsletter for June 2012: Solving the Darwin-Wallace Mystery.

An electronic version of the article can be accessed here.

The Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans) is a large evergreen tree in the family Gentianaceae. It is native to Southeast Asia. Its trunk is dark brown, with deeply fissured bark, looking somewhat like a bittergourd. It grows in an irregular shape from 10 to 25m high. Its leaves are light green and oval in shape. Its yellowish flowers have a distinct fragrance and the fruits of the tree are bitter tasting red berries, which are eaten by birds and fruit bats.