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Crown Shyness

This shot was taken in Forest Research Institute of Malaysia. The "puzzle-like" pattern of the individual tree crowns are separated by gaps and outlined against the sky. This phenomenon is called "Crown Shyness". The reason for its name is because the leaf tips of the Dryobalanops aromatica appear to be shy towards their own kind, hence forming the gap. This tree is also known as kapur tree and has a nice-smelling exudate known as camphor, one of the main component of making ointment. The ointment is used for stomach massages after child delivery.

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Taken on May 23, 2011