Monday, October 19, 2009
... ( can anyone confirm that ? )Either way, they are here until been succeed by secondary species.Broga Hill is dominated primarily by lallang ( Imperata cylindrical ) . This is odd as a grass dominated hill-land is a rare sight in tropical condition. I suspect it is not naturally occurred grassland
Viewed from a distance, it is obvious that the hill was cleared, and then left unattended.
It might be part of a rubber ( Hevea brasiliensis ) plantation, then felled , yet the whatever the plan, stalled. Then, come along lallang, dominated the empty land with fast-growing rhizomes. The lallang seeds may had been sleeping in the soil for ages, waiting for the right moment to sprout ; or carried by the wind from far distance land. An opportunist indeed !
And the ecological succession continues…….
After the exhausting hike, we proceed to a nearby restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is actually a simple tables&chairs set by a Tilapia fishery. The Tilapias are for sure as fresh as it can get.
Tilapia is the common name for nearly a hundred species of cichlid fish from the Tilapiine tribe of the Cichlidae family, a freshwater fish. It is originated from
Africa, but can be found in most tropical countries.
I am not sure which species of the ‘red tilapia’ we feasted , as there are various species of Oreochromis, Sarotherodon, and Tilapia, collectively known as tilapias.
Interesting to know that Tilapia zilii, also known as ‘St. Peter’s fish’ was mentioned in Bible, about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a shekel coin in its mouth, though the passage ( Matthew 17 : 24-27 ) does not name the fish．