Prof. Tommy Koh: Enhancing Regional Economic Integration in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP

May 21, 2012


Remarks by Prof. Tommy Koh at the United Nations Economic And Social Commission For Asia And The Pacific 

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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.