100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

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100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by Shorea » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:02 am

Wow, this came as a surprise to me, but I think it's just that people (Malaysians) never bothered about them previously, and are just busy cutting the forests down.

https://on.natgeo.com/2CV1ANQ

There was also another record of 96.90 meters in the Tawau Hills Park, Sabah which never made the headlines, maybe because it was found by locals and the record was unverified. I tried sending emails to ask the relevant people but never gotten a reply.

But this one found at the Danum Valley, Sabah, is verified (climbed), so I am posting this here :)

Apparently, they are all from the same species, Shorea faguetiana, or what they call Yellow Meranti.

It's worth noting that the Danum Valley is but a tiny fraction left of this huge 900,000 ha forest concession in the center/east of Sabah which has unfortunately been largely logged out except for the conservation areas (Danum Valley, Imbak Canyon, and Maliau Basin). The soils in central and east Sabah are relatively very fertile in comparison to other parts of Malaysia, which probably contributes to such good tree growth.

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Re: 100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by Erik Danielsen » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:21 am

This is big news- I never thought I'd see the day when a non-eucalypt claimed the title of tallest flowering plant! Glad it's a proper tape-drop, but from the description of the setting I imagine the really big question is how the location of the base was determined. It sounds like these guys have been doing a lot of climbing and measuring over there, I wonder if they've worked with Bob Van Pelt or Roman Dial or any of those other measurers.

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Post by mdvaden » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:40 pm

Thanks for sharing.

Apparently the article sweeps under a rug the crude promotional measure of Centurion we were discussing in this thread a few months ago:

http://ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=144&t=8439

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Re: 100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by M.W.Taylor » Wed Apr 03, 2019 3:17 pm

Thanks for the update and link. Shocking discovery.

According to the report this tree is 282 feet to the lowest branch. This may be the highest bole to the first branch on earth. There is a redwood that is 270 ft to the first significant branch. But there is a some epicormic sprays lower down so technically not a clean barrel to 270 ft. This tree looks to be a clean barrel all the way to 282 ft !

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/envi ... xbW3V1-zTQ

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Post by pattyjenkins1 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:16 am

For those who are interested, Dr. Meg Lowman, aka "Canopy Meg," the "mother of canopy research," is "heading up a biodiversity survey in Penang, Malaysia with approximately 45 local and international scientists. Their mission is to tally the species living on Penang Hill, beloved by the citizens of Georgetown and within a 15 minute drive of approximately 2 million people. This unique rain forest, situated on an urban interface, will be proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Man and the Biosphere site, using the data collected by Lowman’s team. A large group of the California Academy curators will participate, as well as the host university, University Sains Malaysia in Penang" [quoted from her Tree Foundation website].

You can read about it here: https://treefoundation.org/malaysia/.

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Post by Lucas » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:07 pm

Wow, super impressive. I wonder how they would do on super rich soil?
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Re: 100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by Shorea » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:46 am

Latest post on Mongabay about this tree with a few more additional photos.

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/04/climb ... ZatZakowRI

Also towards the bottom of the article, it adds that another tree around 100m has been found by Greg Asner using Lidar tech in late March 2019, whose height needs to be verified by climbing.

Incredible.

Rewriting what we had previously assumed about the heights that these tropical trees can attain.

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Re: 100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by Lucas » Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:15 am

Cool model and the trunk is amazing.
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Post by Lucas » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:09 pm

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... p=CAI%253D

Several videos here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4DLWt4vDKw&t=331s

This one has bits of drone footage that shows its great form and setting. What an amazing forest.

"Not counting its roots, Menara weighs nearly 179,700 lbs. (81,500 kilograms). But just 5% of its mass comes from its 131-foot-wide (40 m) crown. The other 95% is in its trunk, the researchers found. Moreover, the stem is extremely straight, with its center of mass at 92 feet (28 m) above the ground, which is just 2 feet (0.6 m) off from its central vertical axis. This indicates that the tree is highly symmetrical and well-balanced, even though it's sitting on a slope, the researchers said."

https://www.livescience.com/65171-the-w ... DMJaMJU3Zc
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Re: 100.8 meter giant Shorea found in Malaysia

Post by leafgal » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:22 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9wvGyQ6gXQ
New video

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