Last Updated on Friday, 24 August, 2018 06:14:00 PM
"We were surprised when the scientist told us that the world's tallest tropical rainforest tree is here. To us it is like a treasure to Tawau. Even though some years ago, this area was known as a logging district, we still have a treasure for future generations" Tawau Hills Park manager Ariffin Johari told BERNAMA on 6th August 2010
Greg Asner of the Carnegie Airborne Observatory (CAO) revealed the new record holder in November 2016 during his keynote speech at the 2016 International Heart of Borneo Conference.
The 2nd tallest Tropical Tree in the world
English Name : Dipterocarpus spec
Scientific Name : Shorea faguetiana
Height : 88.33 m
Location : Tawau Hills Park, Sabah
Tawau Hills park has one of the tallest tropical trees in the world according to the measurements made by American scientists this January 2007.
Lowland tropical rain forests used to cover vast areas in the Amazon
region, central Africa, and the Far East. Today this rain forests have been
greatly reduced since the dawn of civilization.
More about this Tall Tree in Malaysia (Also the 2nd tallest Tropical Tree in the World)
More about this Tallest Tree in Malaysia
TRAIL TO THE TALL TREE
The trial is 500 meters from the junction of main trail to Hot Spring. And this junction is about 400 meters from the main park entrance (ticket counter) at the road side.
The walk takes about 30 minutes one way. Map is available for tourists at the ticket counter (if you ask). The 900m trek to the tallest tree is easy for most adults and children. Visitors usually track further to Gelas Water fall or Hot Spring after this tall tree.
"Pokok Gergassi Tawau". It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae) tree. Tom Greenwood, Brett Mifsud and Roman Dial measured it with a tape drop in September 2005.
TALL TREES IN TAWAU HILLS PARK
There are many other huge and beautiful trees in the park other then this second tallest known tropical tree in the world.
On the journey to the park you see plantations with endless oil palm tree. Less then 100 year ago these plantations we see today were once original jungle since ancient time with majestic trees. The ecology is forever changed....by people in authority thirsty of money.
During rain seasons do expect some blood sucking leeches!
Leeches is a reason why many amazing nature parks like this are not favourite places of certain tourists.
"...the world's tallest documented tropical tree,
"Pokok Gergassi Tawau".
It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae).... "
Photo (by Brett Mifsud) of the world's tallest documented tropical tree, "Pokok Gergassi Tawau". It is an 88.1 m Shorea faguetiana (Dipterocapaceae). Tom Greenwood, Brett Mifsud and I measured it with a tape drop in Sabah, Malaysia September 2005. Pictured are James Aldred on the left and Roman Dial on the right.
The tallest trees we found less than 2 km
away in Tawau Hill Park, a 27,000 hectare Sabah State Park that was
established in a sea of oil and cocao plantations to protect the water
Most of it has been selectively logged, but we found a small 1 or 2 hectare patch with 5 trees of four different species that each reached over 80 m. We think there is a 90 m tree in there and **know** there's one very close to that:).........
Tawau has very tall trees and is known to historically have had the tallest trees due to the basalt soils there, which are very rare for Borneo. These soils make Tawau the richest palm oil producing region in Sabah, the state which is the richest oil palm producer in Malaysia, which is apparently the best oil palm producing country in the world.
Tallest trees of the
world as in 2007
(information a.o. Van Pelt, literature 21 en Giant Trees of TasmaniŽ)http://18.104.22.168/~jpa/tall%20trees.htm
|English name||Scientific name||Tallest known living||Location|
|1||Coast Redwood||Sequoia sempervirens||1.
(Chris Atkins, Michael Taylor,
26 Augustus 2006,
2. 114.34 m
3. 113.11 m
4. 112.87 m (Steve Sillet, 2004, "Stratosphere giant")
|2||Douglas Fir||Pseudotsuga menziesii||100.3 m ("Brummit Fir")||Oregon, USA|
|3||Eucalyptus: Mountain Ash||Eucalyptus regnans||97 m (Andromeda forest)||Tasmania,
|4||Sitka Spruce||Picea sitchensis||96.7 m||Vancouver
|5||Giant Sequoia||Sequoiadendron giganteum||94.9 m||California,USA|
|6||Eucalyptus: Blue Gum||Eucalyptus globulus||90.75 m (2005)||Tasmania,
|7||Noble fir||Abies procera||89.9 m (91 m?)||Washington,
|8||Eucalyptus: Manna Gum||Eucalyptus viminalis||89.0 m||Tasmania,
|9||Eucalyptus: Alpine Ash||Eucalyptus delegatensis||88.7 m||Tasmania,
|10||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea faguetiana||88.33 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Gergassi Ridge, Borneo|
|11||Tualang (also called Tapang and Menggaris)||
|85.76 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Mengaris Knob, Borneo|
|12||Eucalyptus diversicolor||85.0 m||West Australia|
|13||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea argentifolia||84.85 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Gaharu Ridge, Borneo|
|14||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea superba||84.41 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Gergassi Ridge, Borneo|
|15||Eucalyptus: Shining Gum||Eucalyptus nitens||84.4 m||Tasmania,
|16||Dipterocarpus spec||Hopea nutans||82.82 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Gaharu Ridge, Borneo|
|17||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea johorensis||82.39 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Coco Park Boundary, Borneo|
|18||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea smithiana||82.27 m (Roman Dial 2007)||Tawau Hills Park, Coco Park Boundary, Borneo|
|20||Sugar Pine||Pinus lambertiana||81.7 m||Yosimite N.P. California, USA|
|21||Grand Fir||Abies grandis||81.4 m||CaliforniŽ,USA|
|22||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea gibbosa||81.1 m (Roman Dial,2007)||Tawau Hills Park, River Flats, Borneo|
|23||Eucalyptus: Karri||Eucalyptus diversicolor||80.5||West Australia|
|24||Ponderosa Pine||Pinus ponderosa||79.9 m||California, USA|
|25||Western Hemlock||Tsuga heterophylla||76.2+ m||California,USA|
|26||Dipterocarpus spec||Dryobalanops aromatica||76.2 m (Al Carder, 2005)||Malaisia|
|27||Dyera costulata (Apocynacea)||76.2 m (Al Carder, 2005)||Malaisia|
|28||Eucalyptus||Eucalyptus deglupta||78 m (Al Carder, 2005)||Malaisia|
|29||Dipterocarpus spec||Parashorea malaanonan||72.8 m||Danum Valley
|30||Lawson Cypress||Chamaecyparis lawsoniana||72.5 m||Oregon, USA|
|31||Nordmann Fir||Abies nordmaniana||68.6 m (mogelijk 78 m)||Kaukasus, Russia|
|32||Dipterocarpus spec||Shorea leprosula||66.0 m||Danum Valley Sabah, Borneo|
|33||Dipterocarpus spec||Cotylelobium melanoxylon||64 m||Brunei, Borneo|
Tawau Hills Park trees to be replaced by
......Sabah Forestry Department director Datuk Sam Mannan said the clearing and extraction of 1,639 logs was for the geothermal plant project site located in Sabahís east coast........ the state had received some RM340,000 in royalties from the timber extracted from the area......
Mr. Pang the seedling cultivator of 8,000 Flame of the Forest (Delomix Regia) trees along the highway from Mile 4 Apas Road up to the Tawau Airport by 2017