Monday, June 4, 2012

Rainforest Flower Centrosema

This rainforest flower is called Centrosema molle. It is also called white blue vine. I saw it when hiking along the edge of the rainforest of Manokwari lowland. This vine flower plant needs sunlight to grow. It cannot grow under the canopy of dense tropical trees. This scrambling plant climbs trees and shrubs to reach branches and twigs that receive enough sunlight. Its trifoliate leaves are good for meat production. Under proper grazing management, the weights of meat cows, goats and sheep will increase if they eat centrosema. This plant is usually used as coper plant in plantation areas.
The tropical rainforest in Arfak mountains and the North Coast of Manokwari is rich of flower plants including orchids, rhododendron, nepenthes and thunbergia.
Hiking and Camping in Manokwari jungle
The best way to explore the rainforest of New Guinea is by hiking and camping. My favorite camping spot is the rainforest of Inggramui. There is a camp near Dopi river that was built for visitors. Hikers do not need to bring their own camp if they go hiking around Dopi river. Cooking and eating utensils are also available.
Customized Hiking Tour
I provide customized hiking and rainforest tours to anybody who is interested in appreciating the beauty of the rainforest. Visitors will not only see flowers in the jungle but also reptiles, insects (beetles and butterflies) as well as various species of birds including the birds of paradise. Here is my contact e-mail: if you want more information about the tour.

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