Dr John van Wyhe: Wallace's Malay Archipelago

February 15, 2016

Dr John van Wyhe's article 'Wallace's Malay Archipelago', published in the Linnean Society of London newsletter, can be found 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.