Sunday, October 24, 2021

2 Arrested for Illegally Harvesting Valuable Timber on Koh Samui

The timber is valued for its durable qualities.

The tree is often used in bonsai.

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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My take: The great part of my work is I get to learn about plant species, too. Normally it’s opium and marijuana. But today it’s a mangrove. Who would have thought!

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