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達邦樹|TAPANG TREE

一種砂拉越常見的高大樹木 (Tapang,學名Koompassia excels 蝶形花科Fabaceae family),生長在東南亞低海拔的熱帶雨林中,高度可達88公尺。其樹幹光滑,樹枝離地面30公尺,並自然地吸引森林巨蜂來築窩釀蜜。蜂蜜的價值曾經保護它免受砍伐的厄運,當地居民只能採用自然倒下的達邦樹為木材。它是砂拉越受保護的森林品種。

網站寓意樹木的尊嚴與森林的管理與保育,並希望在社會與法律的護衛下,讓森林繼續存留,扮演生態棲息地的功能,以及供應惠澤人類社群的各種物品與服務。

Tapang is the common local name for Koompassia excelsa, Fabaceae family, in Sarawak. This tree can be found in the lower-altitude rainforests of Southeast Asia. It is a magnificent tall tree which can grow to a height of 88 meters. It has a silvery smooth trunk which starts to branch only at about 30m high and it is anchored to the ground by huge buttress roots. In Sarawak, Tapang is famous not only for its striking appearance but also for the honey produced by the bees which build huge nests on its branches. Its buttress roots are prized for making furniture, especially one-piece table tops. Traditionally, the value of the honey and spiritual folklore protect it from being cut. However, despite its status as a protected species, Tapang trees are now being illegally and indiscriminately felled by logging companies.

We name our website after the Tapang tree to convey the magnificence of Sarawak’s biologically diverse rainforests as well as the urgent need to protect and manage them sustainably. We hope that, with your support, we can persuade the government to stop the massive deforestation so that Sarawak’s precious rainforests can be restored and managed sustainably to meet the needs of present and future generations.