Following from my last post, the next morning, our guides took us on an easy forest ride on the back of a pickup.
Below are some of the interesting plants that we saw along the way.
An unknown legume climber with fruits.
This forest is full of these huge trees with flaky bark. They are called Bang Lang in Vietnamese and apparently, they are a kind of Lagerstroemia species. Pretty amazing to compare these giants with our the tiny roadside Lagerstroemia trees in Singapore.
Climbing all over the forest are this climber which looked like Thunbergia laurifolia. This is also a very commonly planted climber here.
One of the first giant trees we saw was this tree called Tung, or Tetrameles nudiflora.
They have all shaded their leaves and started flowering.
Some interesting climber was attached high up on the tree trunk.
And beneath, between the buttress roots, was another climber with pretty pink flowers.
Our guide told us that this is the sapling of Tung.
Some other flowers: Pink ones from a tree,
Mosiac red probably from Acanthaceae family,
and fruits and flowers of a Euphorbiaceae.
One of the most fascinating climbers was this woody thick liana with big thorns. It looked quite similar to Caesalpinia sumatrana which can also be found here.
And just above the climber was a mango tree, Mangifera species.
Just to get a feel of how big the buttress of the Tung tree can be, we took a picture with the buttress roots.
I loved climbers! This one reminded me of a belt.
And lastly, a tree trunk almost totally black in colour.
Vietnam is truly a wonderful place to visit for a plant lover, no matter in the city or forest. =) Will definitely come back again ^^