Record Detail

Catalogue Number DBN 5939
Artefact DescriptionRattan bag. Rattan climbing palms are an important part of tropical rainforests. The cane is frequently used in traditional Asian societies for binding, basketry, house-building, fish-traps, furniture and artefacts. The fruit of some species yields a red resin known as dragon's blood that was traditionally used as a dye and paint. This is poisonous for humans to ingest. Rattan's popularity and value has made it one of the most important non-timber forest products in international trade. As a wild-harvested resource however, the success of the industry has meant that many of the species used are currently over-exploited.
TaxonARECACEAE Calamus
TDWG ContinentAsia-Tropical
TDWG RegionMalesia
TDWG Botanical CountryBorneo
LocationMulu National Park, Sarawak
TDWG UseMaterials - Cane
Date Collected2007
DonorJebb, Matthew
Date Donated2007
Collection NotesPurchased in long-house Penang settlement on the banks of the river Melinau