Danum Valley's Shorea trees
Borneo is rich in its diversity of plants, including around 3,000 species of trees. Of particular note are the trees located in the Danum Valley Conservation Area. In November 2016, one tree was declared the tallest tree in the tropics, standing at 309 feet. Its discovery coincided with the discovery of another 49 very tall trees in the area, all of which stand at least 295 feet tall. In fact, this region keeps on revealing more superlative trees, with a new one emerging in 2019, when researchers from Nottingham and Oxford universities, working with the South East Asia Rainforest Research Partnership, announced the discovery of a 330.7-foot giant.
The trees belong to the Shorea genus, a tree that accounts for 130 of those 3,000 species native to Borneo. These yellow merenti trees can live for hundreds of years, so these super-tall trees could have the tallest view in the region for centuries to come, while at the same time providing safe harbor for orangutans, clouded leopards and forest elephants.