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Tetrameles Nudiflora

Tetrameles Nudiflora
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Copyright: jitti coowanitwong (jcoowanitwong) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1679 W: 0 N: 3120] (13754)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Trees
Camera: canon s3 is
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-10-11 9:23
Viewed: 11892
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A similar picture was uploaded by one of our friend, Alberto Piubello, a short while ago. That tree was from "Ta Prohm"

This one was from "Preah Khan". Try to show the whole tree that grow on old building.
Preah Khan is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins. The temple is still largely unrestored: the initial clearing was from 1927 to 1932, and partial anastylosis was carried out in 1939. Since then free-standing statues have been removed for safe-keeping, and there has been further consolidation and restoration work. Since 1991, the site has been maintained by the World Monuments Fund. It has continued the cautious approach to restoration, believing that to go further would involve too much guesswork, and prefers to respect the ruined nature of the temple. (Wikipedia)

Name: Tetrameles nudiflora

Family/Genus: Datiscaceae - Tetrameles

Other Common Names: Thitpok (India), Baing, Sawbya (Burma), Mengkundor (Malaya), Sompong (Thailand).

Distribution:Indo-Malayan region.

The Tree: May reach a height of 150 ft with clear boles to 100 ft and diameters of about 10 ft., more commonly boles are to 50 ft with trunk diameters 3 to 4 ft; large buttresses.

The Wood:

General Characteristics: Wood whitish when freshly cut, changing to pale yellowish gray, golden brown, or light yellow, with a slight olive-green tinge; heartwood and sapwood not differentiated. Texture coarse, grain interlocked in broad bands; lustrous; without characteristic odor or taste.

Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.30; air-dry density 22 pcf.

Drying and Shrinkage: Seasons with little difficulty but may be severely degraded during drying by stain, decay, and insects. No information on kiln schedules or shrinkage values.

Working Properties: Saws with ease and works to a fairly smooth surface, cuts clean when rotary peeled into veneers.

Durability: Highly perishable.

Preservation: No information available.

Uses: Boxes and crates, core stock for plywood, dugouts.

From:USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory

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To wishnugaruda: Angkorjcoowanitwong 1 10-12 05:08
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Hello JC,
Though the Indian name you have mentioned in your note does not strike a bell of recognition (maybe it is a name in one of the many regional languages of India I may not be familiar with), I think I know the tree by its looks. Yes, it is a great pest for old buildings and sprouts out of small chinks and cracks in the walls. That it grows that big in the Angkor Wat complex amazes me.
This picture has a great documentary value on both counts -- the nature of the tree and its impact on the site of this ancient heritage.
I guess you couldn't do anything about the white sky under the prevailing weather conditions.

Sawasdee Jitty,
it's a marvelous and magic place, I love this place. First I thought it was at Ta Prohm, but there are also other places where the vegetation is original. I love to see what this mighty trees can do with the buildings.
I hope you also enjoyed your stay at Angkor as much as I did. Were you flying from BKK to Siam Reap? We went there by car, it was horrible, the streets are so bad and we had to go 7 hours from the border to our hotel in Siam Reap. At the border we had to wait about 2 1/2 hours in that hot room, brrrrrr!
When we returned back to Thailand, it was for me like coming home, so cultivated and comfortable ;-) Many greetings to you from Germany, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Jitti,
Amazing how the tree grows so big over the temple. Very interesting shot. Well shown!

Hello JC,
Quite amazing and you show the phenomenon well, my fiend!
Good sharp details...
Pablo -

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-10-12 10:10]

Hello Jitti,
Very interesting place.Well caught,framed and composed.Excellent note too.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-10-13 0:50]

Hi Jitti!
A site that might be in TE and TN because it's a combination of ancient human activity and contemporary flora. The pov is admirable and gives information on the place as a whole.

Really interesting post! The building, which would normally detract from a nature photo, of course adds the interest because the roots are growing through it!
Amazing scene, thanks for sharing.

Loved your explanation. Very educative.
This is also happening now, NOW, in Goa India.
Anyway, this is a great capture.
Well composed & presented.
The contrasts of the colours are well registered.

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