Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rimba Ilmu, University of Malaya 16 February 2011

Wednesday 930am.
We visited Rimba Ilmu botanical garden with 3 MNS nature guides. For an appointment with MNS, email ee_programs@mns.org.my . MNS contact no - 03 2287 9422. It's RM5 per person, for aged 4 and above (fees inlcude entrance to garden and gallery). Depending on nature guides availability on your booking date, our group is limited to 40 people.

Alternatively, you can visit the garden on your own.  RM2 per adult. Children aged 12 and below is RM1.
Rimba Ilmu contact no - 03 - 7967 4686
Mon- Thur 9am-12pm, 2pm to 4pm
Friday 9am - 12pm, 245pm to 4pm.
First Sat of every month, there is a guided tour at 9am

Briefing by MNS nature guide - don't pluck the plants, dont eat the fruits, don't this, don't that... :)

This is the  Botanical Garden entrance, which is near the lower level carpark area. and our nature guide, Sasha.

Thymelaeaceac fruits and flowers which grow on the branch.

Left- hollow trunk.  Right- trunk fulls of thorn.

We met a Rimba Ilmu 's worker near the sesame plant and he explained how we could make 'jelly' out of the sesame leaves which cures errr .... forgot. :) Hmmmm...maybe I should get a recorder.

We were given sesame seeds pod to plant at home.  

From botanical garden entrance, we took a right turn at the T-junction. Then, we walked straight and came to this first left turn junction. After the left turn, the beginning part of the road is mossy and slippery.

Moss strives under cool damp condition.

Shortly after the mossy road, there is a forest mangosteen tree on your left. It's edible and tastes sour.

 The oldest "Gelam Tikus" tree in Rimba Ilmu is located after the jungle mangosteen tree. There are a few more down the road as well.  
It's red and orangie in colour and has a thin papery bark. Hui especially like peeling the bark and didn't want to move. 

The hut that housed some plants species which I forgot the name. At the entrance on the left, note the mickey mouse plant, just beside the steps.
There is a stream next to the hut and do take note that the wet soil around the stream is knee-deep. 

Exhibition Gallery  - RM2 per person.

Insects exhibit.

Fungi and lichen.

Take a stroll the botanical garden first and view the air-conditioned gallery when it gets hot. There is a green house near the gallery area where it has rare and expensive plants. If you dont have a guide, you must get permission from the office before entering.

Map to Rimba Ilmu.
It's a great place and we will surely make another visit.

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