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   Living Crop Museum

There are fifteen major sections in the Living Museum of Crop Plants. The theme of the garden, which introduces the agricultural industry, is to demonstrate to visitors the great diversity of Tropical crop plants and how man uses these plants. In a sense, it is also an ethno-botanical garden. This museum has collection of more than 400 species of economic value grouped in accordance to their uses such as medicines, spices and condiments, beverages, oil, fibers, fruits, handicrafts and nuts.

Do you know what type of plant that produces latex for the locals in Borneo before Rubber trees (Hevea brasiliensis) being introduced in 1976? In the Industrial crops section, one will learn that early Rubber latex from Borneo was actually obtained from a creeping vine, called “Serapit” (Willughbiea sp.). In the Perfume section, are found plants that produce scents or aromatic oils. For example, the flowers of the “Kenanga” tree ( Canaga odorata ), also known as “ylang-ylang” emit a

fragrance, which is an important ingredient in producing the Channel 5 perfume industry. Do not leave this museum without seeing the Tropical Fruits Section where there are over 200 species of local and wild fruits as well as introduced fruits, some of which came from as far as South America, Africa, India and Australia . It is very interesting to visit this section during fruiting season as visitors have the opportunities to sample and taste the fruits. However, for your own safety, always follow the Guide’s instruction or read the labels on the plants before you eat anything.
 
 
 
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