Plants and flowers of the Borneo rainforest

1 11 2011

By Whitney

We were lucky enough to be able to travel deep into the Danum Valley on Malaysian Borneo, where pristine primary (unlogged) rainforest still exists. As Malaysia tears down more and more of this critical habitat to make way for palm oil plantations, other farming, and crumbling cement cities hastily slapped up, the race to see and save the forests with the highest biodiversity on Earth are reaching a new urgency. From global weather influence to rare drugs to havens for endangered species, this area is undeniably one of the most important on our planet.

Enjoy the look at this amazing place!

More pitcher plants!

There are over 12,000 species of orchids in Borneo!

A beautiful waterfall we hiked to in the Danum Valley (site of many attempted leech attacks!)

These are the figs that the orangutans, and many, many other animals in the forest depend upon!

This is what a strangler fig vine looks like at the base after it has killed the tree it used as a lattice up to the light.

Morning mist hanging around the jungle outside our bungalow at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

Beautiful epiphytes!

The canopy walk at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge - the perfect place for an early morning walk to spot wildlife!

One of thousands of different ferns found in the rainforest.

A peek through the canopy...

Phil and I on the canopy walk at Mulu National Park!

More epiphytes...

All that rattan furniture you see at Pier 1 Imports? Yeah, that wood comes from the rainforest. This is what it looks like prior to processing.

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