Tembusu Fellow, Dr John van Wyhe publishes new book on Charles Darwin

March 03, 2021

A new book by Tembusu Fellow- Dr John van Whye- reveals Charles Darwin’s cultural impact in unprecedented detail.

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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.