Large tree in Singapore ZOO.
And its strange looking stem.
And a close-up of the stem.
If I can't
find seeds, I'll just do it by tissue culture! But it is still
only a female...
Then I got stubborn and went to
Indonesia to get some seeds.
This member of the Gnetaceae was
by Carl Linnaeus in 1767. It is found in south-east Assam, through
Malaysia and Indonesia to the Philippines and Fiji. It grows in a well drained
peat with some to lots of water
and some sun. It will grow up to 10-20 metres height.
Flatten and fried to a
crispy snag in Indonesia. Taste like tasteless dry pasta before the
freeing. Afterwards, it is a crispy cracker with a bitter and unique
taste. The young leaves, flowers and the fruits can be used in
salads. The inner bark's fibres are used for weaving baskets and