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LUNGS OF ASIA: CHINA

16 June 2020

In June, chasing the tree footprints are headed towards Chinalungs of Asia with its ! Lychee Tree, Hopea Tree, Burretiodendron Hsienmu and Adina Tree.

Lychee Tree with Red Fruits

Lychee Tree is known as Lychee Longan in Latin. Growing up to 15-20 meters in height, this evergreen tree has small and red fruits.

Lychee Tree grows in southern China. Its fruit was known as king fruit and collected from the people as a tax. This fruit, which is known to be rich in vitamin C, has gained an important place in today’s Asian cuisine.

Healer: Hopea Tree

Known as Hopea odorata in Latin, Hopea Tree is a majestic tree that can grow up to 45m in height. It’s commonly found all over China. It grows on riversides and heights up to 600m above sea level.

Hopea Tree produces resin that is used for medicinal purposes such as healing wounds. The tree peel is also used for diarrhea and teeth gums.

Hopea Tree is commonly preferred for large-scale construction projects because it offers extensive shadow and is suitable for uneven landscapes.

Rough and Enduring: Burretiodendron Hsienmu

From the Malvaceae family, Burretiodendron Hsienmu tree grows in China and Vietnam.

Pretty strong, rough and enduring, Burretiodendron Hsienmu is known to protect its soil from termites. Despite its very strong and hard structure, it’s among the species that are listed as endangered.

Shrub Form: Adina Tree

Adina Tree belongs to Rubiaceae family which is endemic to the region of East and Southeast Asia. It is a small tree and has a shrub-like form.

Even though Adina Tree’s flowers are not very distinguishable on their own, they offer a lovely view all together.

This fruit, which is known to be rich in vitamin C, has gained an important place in today’s Asian cuisine.