A secret forest in Arung mountain

By DINH HIEP- DUY BINH |

(QNO) - A primeval forest of thousand-year-old rhododendrons has recently been found on the top of Arung mountain (Tay Giang district, Quang Nam province), which is 2,050m above sea level.

Engineer Tran Ngoc Toan observing the specific features of a tree in Arung mountain
Engineer Tran Ngoc Toan observing the specific features of a tree in Arung mountain

Beside rhododendron, this 50ha forest is also home to several endemic species such as five-leave pine, abrasin-oil tree, Balanophoraceae, anoectochilus setaceus (Bristly anoectochilus orchid) and some other needle leaf trees.   All the trees in this forest are covered with thick moss because of its moist environment. Tay Giang district is going to build a road to this forest for adventure travel.

According to engineer Tran Ngoc Toan (from GreenViet Biodiversity Conservation Centre), many forest populations are distributed at altitudes above 1,000m such as bamboo and broad-leafed trees. The forest population on the top of Arung mountain belongs to subtropical forest ecosystem with many endemic, rare plants and animals. Some of them are listed in the Red data book of Vietnam.

By DINH HIEP- DUY BINH