The timber is valued for its durable qualities.
When: December 6th, 2020
Where: Bophut district, Koh Samui, Suratthani province
Perpetrators: 2 unnamed perpetrators
Victims: เทียนทะเล, Pemphis acidula, the bantigue mangrove trees
What: Two were arrested under after violating forest protection laws on Koh Samui. They are being accused of illegally harvesting and possessing bantigue mangrove trees (scientific name Pemphis acidula, Thai name เทียนทะเล).
The mangrove timber is valued in many cultures for its heavy, rot and warp resistant character. It has a naturally fine finish that is used to make walking canes, fence posts, tool handles, and anchors. It is also a plant species used in bonsai.
The two suspects are in police custody upon further investigation and prosecution.
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