Dear brothers and sisters,
I want to tell you a little about dipterocarpus seeds (hạt dầu).
Dipterocarpus is the third-largest and most diverse genus among the family Dipterocarpaceae. The family name, from the type genus Dipterocarpus, is derived from Greek (di = two, pteron = wing and karpos = fruit) and refers to the two-winged fruit.
Dipterocarpus has about 70 species, occurring in Southeast Asia. The species are well known for timber, but less acknowledged for use in traditional herbal medicine.
Example: Dipterocarpus alatus (dầu nước, dầu rái). It is considered vulnerable. It often occurs gregariously along river banks and is a key planting species for regenerating deforested land around the Dong Nai river and Cat Tien National Park.
Tall Dipterocarpus on both sides of Phạm Ngọc Thạch Street (Sài Gòn)
In Cambodia, the wood is much valued in construction and cabinetwork, when not exploited for its oily resin. Generally, resin is collected for the following uses: wood lacquering, draught-proofing of boats and traditional medicine. When mixed with beeswax, it is used in bandages for ulcerated wounds. The bark of young trees is also used in traditional medicine, taken against rheumatism and diseases of the liver, and to stimulate appetite in cattle.
Young Dipterocarpus seeds have beautiful red color
Dipterocarpus alatus has heights about 40m – 50 m, and can reach 70 m.
So, do you know why dipterocarpus seeds have wings?
To avoid traumatic brain injury accidents for people when they fall from tall trees to ground, I think. 🙂 They must have wings so that they can fly, and by flying, they can land softly and avoid causing traumatic brain injuries to people who enjoy walking like me. They love people. They are cute.
Why are they cute?
Because they have their hearts. The seed has heart-shaped sides. Every seed has 3, 4 hearts. So I call them heart seed with wings.
That is my story about heart seed with wings. Sharing with you all.
Have a nice day.
Phạm Thu Hương