cannonball monkeys

~cannonball monkeys~ image copyright Kris Lee 2012

~cannonball monkeys~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012

Cannonball trees are not native to Penang yet some fully grown ones of the genus (Couroupita guianensis) could be found aligning the entrance at the botanical garden. Basically it is a tree with long tentacle-like stalks sprouting and covering its trunk out of which brownish round fruits the shape of cannonballs hung. These fruits were said to possess medicinal qualities and had been used to treat colds and stomach aches but many wonders about its edibility.

~leg stretching exercise~ image copyright Kris Lee 2012

~leg stretching exercise~
image copyright Kris Lee 2012

In this picture some monkeys (long tailed macaques) appear to be camouflaging (try locating its tail) and feeding on what appears to be the flowers of which blooms its fruits. Picture taken at the Botanical Gardens, Waterfall Rd, Penang.

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