The ultramafic Mount Tambuyukon with Mount Kinabalu (granite) in the backdrop.
View of Marai Parai, a high-altitude ultramafic outcrop renowned for the endemic species described from this site.
The granite jagged peaks of Mount Kinabalu rising to over 4,000 m.
Phyllanthus cf. securinegoides
The Ni hyperaccumulator Phyllanthus cf. securinegoides has > 18000 mg/kg of nickel in its leaves.
At the Wuluh River serpentinite rock outcrops with characteristic Casurinaceae-vegetation.
Lower and upper montane forest
Rough and steep terrain on Mount Kinabalu's south slope.
High altitude ultramafic vegetation
At 2900m above sea level the vegetation is dominated by the endemics Leptospermum recurvum and Dacrydium gibbsiae.
Mount Tambuyukon summit
Very stunted graminioid vegetation with many hyper-endemic plants.
The 1,000 m deep Mesilau Gorge, the source of the Mesilau River.
Stunted sub-alpine srub
Unique sub-alpine scrub on ultramafic soils on the south slope of Mount Kinabalu.
DMG test paper showing nickel reaction
The test paper reacts purple with nickel from the sap of Rinorea bengalensis
Phloem tissue Rinorea bengalensis
The nickel-rich phloem tissue of the large tree Rinorea bengalensis
Nickel hyperaccumulator Phyllanthus balgooyi
The phloem sap of Phyllanthus balgooyi contains > 16% nickel.
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Welcome remarks from the Director of Sabah Parks
The conference activities includes three days of paper/oral presentation at the Sutera Magellan Resort in Kota Kinabalu, our State capital; Posters session at Kinabalu Park headquarters; and one mid-conference excursion to Mamut Copper Mine, within Kinabalu Park’s perimeter. We would also offer a range of post-conference excursions to some of the most spectacular ultramafic outcrops in Sabah. Lastly, I would like to extend a warm invitation to all delegates to participate in the 8th International Conference of Serpentine Ecology, 2014 and I look forward in meeting you in Sabah in June 2014.