Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

Ecosystem service is at your garden

spiderhunterAt this age of climate change, incentives scheme to sustain the forest such as REDD+ and Payment for Ecosystem Service (PES) are quite a breakthrough. Everybody is talking about this, from one meeting to another, from one training to another.  But does the people really know about it? We got clean air and water…..What else? Well, look around at your garden.  Do you plant and get bananas? Does your plant keep flowering? Continue reading

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The three bulbuls

The fruits of Bridelia monoica

The fruits of Bridelia monoica

Bulbuls are birds of Old world tropics and are so attached with Indonesian folklore for long. An old Indonesian children song tells about the bulbuls singing all day from a Cempaka tree (Michelia champaca), quite accurate in portraying the behavior. Continue reading

Buitenzorg, ‘beyond cares’ of a ‘botanical island’

Buitenzorg was the previous name of the Bogor Botanical Garden, a plant conservation garden marked by the large buttresses of Canarium tree close to the gate. Established in 1817 by Prof. Dr. C. G. L. Reindwardt in collaboration with Kew Garden in England, this 87 hectares botanical garden becomes the leading natural plant preservation site in Indonesia and one of the most picnic destinations for many families. That was why I prefer to visit here during weekdays this summer.

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Depok, the home of peri-urban butterflies

June is the perfect month of the year. The rainy season is over and spending some time in the morning outside is pretty much rewarding. Depok, my hometown, is in the outskirt of Jakarta, a transitional urban to rural area. Jakarta which just celebrated its 479th anniversary (on 22 June) has long history of development since the Dutch colonization. An 1811’s published book, “the Island of Java” by J.J. Stockdale explained the current situation of Jakarta (previously named Batavia) during those times. At present, the urban areas of Jakarta have been greatly expanded, making the original inhabitants of Batavia, the Betawi is following the movement of peri-urban areas, such as the growing town of Depok.

Picture 1. The map of Jakarta.  Depok is the shaded area in the South
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A palm that save our boring day….

Working in the remote forest sometimes takes me and my friend to the lack of excitement, facing the same difficult transects to the same menu of food everyday.

One day, in the Lambusango forest of Buton, in Southeast Sulawesi, we came up with a new dish, ‘arem-arem’ or stuffed rice rolls. The recipe itself is not a problem. You just need to cook rice with coconut milk and stuffed with ground beef or vegetables, wrapped it individually and then steam it (check this recipe). Normally, this recipe needs banana leaf to wrap the stuffed rice but of course banana plants are impossible to find in a primary forest. It’s a cultivated plant. So, what did we do?

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