During my leisurely walk around Potipot Island in Candelaria, Zambales last August 2009, I came across this umbrella structured tree that had an unusual looking fruit.
Curious, I went around looking for the caretaker of the island and asked what was the tree called. It was called Bangar. Then the topic suddenly changed giving me no chance to ask more information about the tree.
Later I found out, that the fruit would then open up, show its seeds and emanate a foul odor. (Reminds me of the Durian Fruit) Unlucky for me, I didn’t get to smell its foul odor, I want to compare it with the odor of a Durian Fruit.
Other than being stinky the Bangar Tree is quite useful. Its trunk can be made into planks for the interior of houses and its fruits can be soaked in oil and be used as red-dye for hand woven products.
A municipality in La Union is actually named after the tree and is branded as the Home for the world famous blankets. Another location to go to on my bucket list. 🙂
Thanks to http://22.214.171.124/municipality_of_bangar.htm for the last two photos. You can check out their site if you want to know more about the Municpality of Bangar in La Union.