August 2014 Newsletter

from David Tanswell, Jack Sayers, and R. Haresh

Licuala orbicularis at Kubah, photo by David Tanswell

The 2016 IPS Bienniel meeting will take you to South East Asia and will have an emphasis on palms in habitat. Full details will be published well in advance, however we are aiming for the second week of June 2016.

The bienniel starts in the river city of Kuching, capital of the west Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo. We will be staying near the Sarawak river overlooking the Rajah Brooke’s era Istana and forts and close to the old town with its busy shop houses, crafts shops and markets. Over four days, we will visit natural forest areas including Kubah National Park, Bako National Park accessed only by boat, Semenggoh sanctuary to see the orangutans and ofcourse palms, and also the Semenggoh Palmetum with its outstanding and extensive collection of mature understorey Sarawak palm species, as well as enjoying the unique culture, cuisine and history of this beautiful city.

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