Johor, Malaysia Photograph by Justin Guariglia Mangroves fringe the tip of Peninsular Malaysia, in Johor, the southernmost reach of mainland Asia. Separated from its globalized island neighbor by a mere half-mile causeway, Johor is the second largest and most varied of the 11 states that make up Peninsular Malaysia, a crossroads realm crammed with both ecological and ethnic diversity.
Santol: The santol is believed native to former Indochina and Peninsular Malaysia, and to have been introduced into India, Borneo, Indonesia, the Moluccas, Mauritius, and the Philippines where it has become naturalized. It is commonly cultivated throughout these regions and the fruits are seasonally abundant in the local markets
George Town’s Colonial District, Penang (Malaysia). 'The 2008 Unesco World Heritage declaration sparked a frenzy of cultural preservation, and the city’s charismatic shophouses have been turned into house museums, boutique hotels and chic restaurants. Aggressive drivers aside, it’s also one of the best cities in Southeast Asia to explore on foot.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/malaysia/peninsular-malaysia-west-coast/pulau-penang
Bulbophyllum medusae, Sarawak, Malaysia. This orchid is named for the resemblance of its flowers to the serpentine hair of the mythical Greek creature. A single inflorescence, which lasts only a few days, is composed of 30-100 tiny flowers each with long slender sepals. It is found in Borneo, Sumatra, and Peninsular Malaysia.