Scientific Expeditions into the Heart of Borneo Reveal Plant Species New to Science

A scientific expedition into the trans-boundary area between Limbang division and neighbouring country Brunei Darussalam is likely to yield a treasure trove of valuable research about Borneo’s unique flora and fauna.

Sarawak project coordinator Michael Ngelai from Forestry Department told The Borneo Post when met recently that the Mentawai Scientific Expedition (MSE) would mark the fifth such expedition in the state under the Heart of Borneo (HoB) initiative.

Based on the results and findings of the previous four expeditions, Michael is optimistic that the MSE will be able to make significant contributions to the scientific study and records of flora and fauna in Borneo…

(read more: Borneo Post)

Images:

T - two potentially new Bulbophyllum species found at Lanjak Entimau. (Photo by Heart of Borneo Initiative)

B - Rhizanthes kamarudini, a new species of Rizhanthes (of the same family as the Rafflesia) was discovered by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia professor Dr Kamarudin Mat Salleh and his team during the Lanjak Entimau expedition in June 2008. (Heart of Borneo Initiative)

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