Ongzi, a zeal HORTICULTURIST,yet resides in a plant-free apartment…… thinks that plants deserved to be treated as LIVING THING, not merely as plants …… strongly condemns any form of CRUELTY TO PLANTS, yet enjoys feast on them…… collects only e-HERBARIUM, and proudly encourages others to do the same……
Kayu selukai is the dried bark of Goniothalamus trees. The Genera Goniothalamus
of Annonaceae family consists of 160 species distributed throughout tropical
S.E.Asia. In Borneo alone, there are
some 30 species of Goniothalamus, 14 of
which were recorded in Sarawak.
of Goniothalamus are generally called
selukai or kayu hujan panas. They are
all small trees of the under-storey. The
bark is aromatic, strong and stringy. The
dry bark is sold as kulit selukai,
and burnt to keep mosquitoes and evil spirits away.
known by different regional names in countries of production: Abiu in Brazil; in
Trinidad it is the yellow star apple or caimitt ; Colombians know it as the
caimo, caimito amarillo or madura verde; in Ecuador it is known as the luma or
cauje; in Venezuela as temare; in Portugal as abieiro; and in Ghana as alasa.
Pouteria caimito ( Family : Sapotaceae ),
is a tropical fruit tree originated in the Amazonian region of South America. It
is a common dooryard tree in the backyards and streets in the city of many
Brazilian towns, but it is not usually grown commercially.
abiu habitats are nearly all tropical. It will thrive in a place that has a
year-round warm and moist climate.
will grow an average of 10 m high, and can grow as high as 35 m under good
conditions. The abiu varies a lot in form, size and quality of the fruit. Some
have soft and others firm flesh. Some taste bland while others have very nice
flavor. Its fruits shape varies from
round to oval, pointed at the distal end. When ripe, it has smooth bright
yellow skin and will have one to four ovate seeds. The inside of the fruit is
translucent and white. It has a creamy and jelly-like texture.