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 Post subject: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plungi
PostPosted: December 29th, 2011, 8:02 pm 
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(Plungi = Plants & Fungi. Sorry, the headline is character-limited)

This is the second installment of a seven-part series aimed at showing some of Borneo's glory (#1 see here). Yeah, yeah, I know: no herps, not even a single animal, all plants and mushrooms, and most of them without an ID. Sue me. :-)

Kicking off the show is the biggest Strangler Fig I've ever seen. It lives (and kills) in Kubah National Park, and it looks straight out of HR Giger's private scrapbook.
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Another tree, this time a a real one, complete with thigh-thick climber
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Climbing palm
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Aroids!

No ID
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Enormous taro (Colocasia sp.)
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If I'll ever get bored of snakes, I'll get into fungi (And why not? I'm a pretty fungi, after all)

Hot Pink Milking Stools
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Still Life With Giant Ant, Cell Phone, And Fried Egg Fungus. Printings available at all fine arts dealers.
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Hairy Alien Sucking Cups!
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Mahogany Sunburst (I once had a Gibson Firebird in that hue)
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Care for some fruit?

Durian hantu - the ghost durian. Not even a Durio species, let alone Durio zibethinus, but its evil little brother. Unpalatable, black, and reeks of death - no wonder the natives believe that demons live in the boles of this tree.
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These fruit look like tomatoes when ripe. In fact, the entire plant resembles a tomato plant. Dig the strange seed arrangement.
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Jungle Cherry (inedible for humans)
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Zenthor, King of Zendor, in his regal regalia. This is the famous flying seed from the tree Alsomitra macrocarpa. Check out Sir David narrating its flight.
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Rubber sheets drying
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Where those rubber sheets are made - on 19th century gear.
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And for the grand finale, a few blossoms:

Orkitz are always nice. Good thing they have terrestrial ones here, otherwise you'd never get to see any - most of them are canopy dwellers.

Plocoglottis sp.
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Wild Passion Fruit
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Flowering climber
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Next up in this series - crocodilians! (Or maybe frogs. Or landscapes. Or inverts....)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 30th, 2011, 4:00 am 
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Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:
(And why not? I'm a pretty fungi, after all)


Sheesh.

Cool post.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 30th, 2011, 6:14 am 
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Very cool, Hans! I love seeing the 'other' stuff from far-off countries.
I am pretty certain your un-ID'd aroid is one of the Caladiums. Neat to see them in their home, instead of the front flower bed at a suburban house!

How much will you be selling your still life prints for? :)
Great stuff! Looking forward to the next five installments....
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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 30th, 2011, 7:53 am 
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Hans, nice to see some exotic plungi from Borneo! Thanks for sharing!


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 30th, 2011, 5:18 pm 
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Thanks for posting some very interesting plants. Those winged vine seeds remind me of maple tree seeds. They have similar structures that cause them to twirl down to the ground like little parachutes. Neat looking fungi,


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2011, 10:02 pm 

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:D , What do you call a guy who goes into a bar and buys everyone a drink?


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 31st, 2011, 10:24 pm 
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Even though people rarely photograph the "other things" in the forest, without them it just wouldn't be a complete experience. And, unless the people viewing your photos were there, you need these to give them a glimpse of what it was really like; an attack on all senses. Thanks for sharing. I'll have a photo of the strangest plant I've ever seen up once I put something up. I like to hoard until I accumulate enough. And I just haven't seen enough living herps. =S Over 25 species of DORS, at least. I think about eight alive since I've been back.


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PostPosted: December 31st, 2011, 10:24 pm 
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DavidG wrote:
:D , What do you call a guy who goes into a bar and buys everyone a drink?


Compensating?? ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: December 31st, 2011, 10:30 pm 
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Thanks, guys! Glad you liked it ...

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an attack on all senses.

Couldn't have said it better!

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I think about eight alive since I've been back.

How long have you been back, and do you roadcruise there?


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: January 1st, 2012, 7:49 pm 
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Well, since July, but the weather got too cold the last week of November (also had one month of unseasonally cold weather in September/October - the best herping month according to farmers) and no, I didn't roadcruise a lot because it's just me and by the time I stop, park, take off my motorcycle helmet, and turn on my headtorch the snakes will be long gone. Also, the good herping areas are at least an hour away through some terrible traffic at night. Next year I plan to make a larger effort and park my bike and do it on foot. I have found some amazing areas with over 25 species DOR and not even looking for herps.


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: January 1st, 2012, 8:08 pm 
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September/October - the best herping month according to farmers

Same in Taiwan. That's when they all come out and gorge themselves fat for brumation.

Motorcycle helmet when roadcruising? I just wear a bandana and a headlamp. Then again, those are really quiet roads, averaging one car per hour.


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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2012, 2:30 am 
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What's brumation?

I have seen too many fatal accidents in China to forego safety. One close call per week on average. China must be the worst country in the world to drive in. (Especially the smaller cities where any sort of vehicle is allowed on the road). ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Borneo Dispatches #19: Bornean Miscellany, Part 2 - Plun
PostPosted: January 2nd, 2012, 2:40 am 
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Brumation

Dormancy in reptiles is an example of brumation, which is similar to hibernation.[2][3] It differs from hibernation in the metabolic processes involved.[4]

Reptiles generally begin brumation in late fall (more specific times depend on the species). They will often wake up to drink water and return to "sleep". They can go months without food. Reptiles may want to eat more than usual before the brumation time but will eat less or refuse food as the temperature drops. However, they do need to drink water. The brumation period is anywhere from one to eight months depending on the air temperature and the size, age, and health of the reptile. During the first year of life, many small reptiles do not fully brumate, but rather slow down and eat less often. Brumation should not be confused with hibernation; when mammals hibernate, they are actually asleep; when reptiles brumate, they are less active, and their metabolism slows down so they just do not need to eat as often. Reptiles can often go through the whole winter without eating. Brumation is triggered by cold weather, lack of heat, and the decrease in the amount of hours of daylight in the winter.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brumation#Brumation

If Wikipedia is still blocked in China, try this in Google:

define: whateveryourelookingfor

Or is Google out, too? Then use any search engine and try "whateveryourelookingfor" plus "definition"


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I think your mystery plant is a Calladium (which is popular outdoor landscaping plant here in Alabama, at least in the summer).

That giant ant is scary :shock:


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Hans, very cool post.


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Ah, thank you for that definition. That explains why as soon as the weather is warm for even a day I see reptiles out and about. Wikipedia is strangely the only thing not blocked.. I'd trade it for Youtube.. :cry:


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MaartenSFS wrote:
Wikipedia is strangely the only thing not blocked.. I'd trade it for Youtube.. :cry:

Strange choice. The knowledge of the world at your fingertips....and you choose blurry home movies of masturbating monkeys and whiny Canadian teenage singers instead? :-) :-) :-)


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PostPosted: January 2nd, 2012, 10:08 pm 
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Haha, no. I choose it for watching a large array of free television programmes and uploading my own videos (which with my new camera aren't blurry anymore). I was always able to access Wikipedia content through reference.com. Losing Facebook is of little import. Also, Flickr tends to have problems here.

By the way, those hairy alien suction cups are amazing.. I've seen something like that around here, but never in such abundance and your photos do them justice!


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PostPosted: January 3rd, 2012, 3:08 pm 
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Thanks! :thumb: Love the Alsomitra vid


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hahaha that kid looked depressed XD nice photography


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