Plant's Life In Ujung Kulon National Park
Kulon National Park is one of the last remaning natural forest of
java an one of very few areas offering a profil of sea shore to
montain top tropical vegetation. The park holds well 700 species
of plant life of whice at least 57 are classified as rare in Java
and the world
Although a great deal of Ujung Kulon's forest
is as it was centuries ago, some areas have been modified by the
foces af nature. Tidal waves from Krakatau eruption haveeeee inundated
the northern shores and volcanic ash deposits at times have impeded
Amont the most fascinating of the park's plant life are the many
species of figs. These can take the form of trees, clibers op piphytes
and are larders of the forrest that provide abundant fruits for
The strangling fig begins froom seeds deposited in civies in the
truks of brances of large trees by birds, bats and other aimals.
A number of trees such as the kigentel, the tokbrai and the kondang
produce the flower and fruits on their lower trunks or larger branche
rather than at usual twig ends.
The climbing lianas are are a feature of rain forest and grow toward
the light without damging the host tree. Centain climbers are of
high medicinal valur and are used in the treatment of cancer an
Indonesia traditional toninic jamu . Others provide the Derris root
powder used in insecticide of in latex chewing gum while yet onother
produces a substance that is 1500 times sweeter than sugar.