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Shading Your Way with Calophyllum inophyllum

Calophyllum inophyllum

Calophyllum inophyllum

The coastal portions of the villages such as Khlong Son, Khlong Phrao Bay, Salak Khok and Salak Phet are regarded beach forest where Calophyllum inophyllum tree is among the green plants in sight. Aside from the shade or shelter usage, it is found to be excellent in soil protection against degradation or erosion.   

 

The Calophyllum inophyllum is categorized as a medium tree species that grows up to 25 to 35 meters in height. It has a twisted or leaning bole which usually measured up to 150 centimeters in diameter without buttresses. The outer smooth bark is often seen with yellowish or ochre tint and diamond fissures which become confluent with age while its inner bark is described as thick, soft, fibrous, laminated and turned dark brown due to exposure. The crown of this tree species is conical to narrowly hemispherical. The leaves are elliptical, thick, smooth, polished, ovate or oblong which measures between 5.5 cm-23 cm long. The flowers are usually bisexual but sometimes function unisexual with sweet scent. They are pollinated normally by insects particularly by bees. Its fruits are spherical to ovoid drupe measuring 25-50 millimeters long in grayish-green color with a compact thin smooth outer layer skin. Fruiting occurs throughout the year in varying periods. Regeneration in the natural course usually occurs near the mother tree and found to take longer time when the seed it not yet fully ripe. However, when seed is sown right after ripening, the tree can be grown from seed without much difficulty.  

 

As a littoral tree of the tropics, Calophyllum inophyllum occurs above the high-tide mark along sea coasts of northern Australia, southern India and Southeast Asia. It grows commonly on sandy beaches as in the case of Koh Chang but sightings of this species along inland sandy soils of the protected rainforests are observed. It thrives on soil which is generally dry at the surface near the point where brackish waters are produced as river and sea meet for the tree demands light temperature.





published: 22.10.2012

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

Short description:

Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

Short description:

Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

Short description:

Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

Short description:

A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

Short description:

There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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