12 April 2010
Although it is more interesting to meet the giants of the animal world, some times it is equally appealing to see giants in the plant world.
This giant was seen in Sinharaja rain forest. It is known as the ‘Giant Nawanda Tree’ and it is one of the key attractions in this tropical rain forest. The tree is about 140 feet tall and the circumference is 21 feet. The botanical name is Shorea stipularis and it is one of the cousins of this particular tree, I saw sometime back.
There were many trees of same size, in this area some decades ago and most were cut off for timber. Nawanda is native to Sri Lanka.