Author - Heri Apriyanto

Purwodadi Botanical Garden’s Flora Expedition, “The Amazing Biodiversity of Sempu Island” (Part 1)

The Purwodadi Botanical Garden (KRP) Flora Expedition Team returned to visit Sempu Island, Malang Regency, East Java on April 20-27 2016. This team is the third team to depart to study the diversity of small island flora after the previous two teams departed in 2015. The study of small island flora diversity is one of KRP's leading research activities. The Flora Expedition Team members departing this year are Matrani, Febrina, Citra, Apriyono and Jamal. In contrast to the 2015...

Morinda citrifolia ( Noni )

The fruit is irregular and has a very bad shape because there are many protrusions everywhere, that's what comes to mind when we see this fruit with the Latin name Morinda citrifolia. This plant originates from the Southeast Asia region and belongs to the Rubiaceae family. This plant grows in the lowlands to an altitude of 1500 m. Noni tree reaches 3-8 m high, has white hump flowers. The fruit is a compound fruit, which is still young, shiny...

Musa balbisiana Cola

It is a plant which in Indonesia is better known as pisang batu or pisang biji. Banana plants with pseudo-trunk (visible above the ground) can reach ± 3 m high. Above the pseudo-stem, there are many leaves clustered together with leaf midribs 1 - 2 m. Leaves tear easily. Inflorescences come out of the tip of the stem, near the leaves in the form of bunches, white flower color. The fruit is also in the form of bunches after...

Selaginella plana

Description: The leaves are small, single, circular in stems, and on the side, branches arranged in 4 rows (2 side leaves consist of large leaves that fall off easily, and 2 front rows of small leaves that sit attached). Sporangia are in the axillary of fertile leaves. The sporophyll is larger than the sporangia, collects into terminal grains of rectangular shape, and sometimes is slightly flattened. Function: As an ornamental plant (Surjowinoto, 2008). Did you know that this type also has medicinal...

SARACA THAIPINGENSIS PRAIN, BRIGHT YELLOW FLOWERS, AND FRAGRANCE INVITE INSECTS

This plant belonging to the Leguminosae family has beautiful flowering because it appears along the stem. The bright yellow color and sweet smell emitted by this flower attracts many insects to visit. Saraca declinata auct. non (Jack) Miq. and Saraca cauliflora Baker is a synonym for Saraca thaipingensis. This type also grows in several countries in Southeast Asia. In Malaysia, this plant is known as Talan. In Thailand, people call it Asok Lucang, some call it Asok Yai. While in...

Bamboo Petung (Dendrocalamus asper (Schult.) Backer ex Heyne

Bambu Petung (Dendrocalamus asper  (Schult.) Backer ex Heyne) Characteristics: this type of bamboo is characterized by its clumps that are sympodial, upright, and tight. The bamboo shoots are purplish-black, covered with brown to blackish fur. Reeds reach 20 m high, erect with curved ends. Reeds are green, dark green or purplish-green, or slightly whitish-green and white spots because of the moss when they are old, besides that the books are surrounded by aerial roots. Habitat: It grows well in humid and wet...

Black Orchid: Unique and Protected Orchid

This exotic black orchid has the scientific name Coelogyne pandurata Lindl. Named black orchid because the label was black. This type of orchid with very flattened pseudobulbs has green sepals and petals. Another distinctive feature is that this orchid has a fragrant smell. The distribution of black orchids includes Sumatra, Kalimantan, and the Malay Peninsula. This species is classified as an epiphytic orchid that lives in the lowlands. In North Sumatra, this species is found in limestone areas at an...

LIPI’s Researchers Conserve Plants and Seeds that are potential for environmental restoration in Brantas River, East Java

Purwodadi, Research team from plants conservation research centre and botanical garden under Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) in Purwodadi Botanical Garden explore and conserve seeds and plants from wetland, riparian, and aquatic that are potential for environmental restoration in Brantas river, East Java. The purposes of this activity are to identify the types of plants that can be found around Brantas river, to collect the seeds from wetland plants, aquatic, and riparian, and to conserve the plants as new...