STEER Sulawesi in their own words

September 24, 2018

Read about the experiences that the good people of STEER Sulawesi, alongside their expedition head Dr John van Wyhe, gleaned from their journey to explore the sites visited by pioneer naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace in April this year.


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.