Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Wateber!

I love this term! It is a corrupted term for 'whatever', and i wonder why i love it! It can be reason to escape something or to hide something, or to explain the unexplainable! It can also be a term when we don't actually know something else's meaning, or we can't find it in our immediate consciousness. According to Wikipedia it is a slang expression with several meanings. So, i can also put other meanings to it, most especially when i altered its spelling to 'wateber'. I would like to try.


Igyo, Dysoxylum decandrum


We have a lot of volunteer plants scattered in our property and adjacent lands to the point that it is invasive. In fact, i consider it as that. Whenever i see the seedling in my path, i uproot it or cut them if i have a blade with me. That is because an already mature plant produces a lot of round pods dispersing viable seeds, and these pods have unfavorable smell that when they fall to the ground it really looks and smells yuck! So, my nephew and I call it the 'bad tree', which somehow sounds so really bad for the tree. I am sorry about that, it surely is just doing its job to preserve its species and in doing so produce oxygen for us.

 Igyo, i am so sorry calling you that. I know your trunk is made into many useful things to help people. Your trunk is a bit soft so made into pallets, matchsticks, pulpwood and anything but household furniture. But that is not a cause to give you a bad name. If only your fruits are not emitting a foul smell, i can forgive your presence everywhere. Or maybe you wanted the distressed and disgruntled to call you an inspiration! So to balance my wrongdoings to you and your species, i will post your beautiful side, i hope i made amends.

its beautiful elegant stand is attracting onlookers (if it is alone)

even in deep thicket it is attracting people's attention, but animals don't eat it

the leaf patterns are lovely with slightly pale green color, the midribs are long with many opposite leaflets proudly getting sunlight in the wilderness

 even drought cannot deter its vigorous growths, as if it is not minding the harsh environment

young leaves have reddish hue to withstand the strong ultraviolet rays, so it has a very good defense mechanism to live and be merry. If only we can eat your sprouts!

and your young leaves are so beautiful in that bent incline, if only your hairs are not sticky

I find your young leaves very beautiful. I hope others will find you beautiful too. But i cannot see any caterpillar at all feasting on your leaves. Suffice it to say, you give us ample share of what we breath! 



12 comments:

  1. It reminds me a bit of a palm crossed with our sumac tree. Maybe there is a corrupted word for that!

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    1. If only i know how a sumac tree looks like, and the kind of palm, we will make a hybrid term, haha! Later, i will look at its images to visualize!

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  2. It reminds me of a giant curry leaf tree :P

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    1. We have something very much looking like the curry leaf tree, it is also aromatic. Klausena sp., in the citrus family but don't have fruits like citrus.

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  3. i've seen this tree but have no clue about its name. i agree, the young leaves are beautiful, graceful. so this is a soft wood, possible good for carving small figures.

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    1. yes Luna, it is good for carving,if only i know how to do that. Do you know what equipment to use for let's say making small vases or cups or plates?

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  4. nice serie! i like your far to close :)

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  5. I agree, looks like its got some sumac in it. I love the name of your blog! Excellent!

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  6. They are indeed beautiful plants!

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  7. It looks like a cross between a tropical palm and a european deciduous tree.

    Do trees in the tropics shed their leaves gradually through the year ?

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  8. Hi b-a-g, this is rather late, but you have a question so i need to reply! There are a few tropical trees which are deciduous sometime every year. This usually coincides before or during the dry season. No tropical tree gradually shed their leaves through the year. Most trees dehisce their old leaves through time, but only the very mature ones, without much notice because more new leaves replace them.

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