National symbols of Cambodia

Cambodia has a number of designated flora and fauna:

National tree

Latin: Borassus flabellifer
English: Asian Palmyra palm, Toddy palm, Sugar palm, or Cambodian palm
Khmer: ត្នោត[tnaôt]

Cambodian palm, the Cambodian national tree
Cambodian palm, the Cambodian national tree


National flower

Latin: Mitrella mesnyi
English: –
Khmer: រំដួល [rumduol]

Rumduol, the Cambodian national flower
Rumduol, the Cambodian national flower


National fruit

Latin: Musa acuminata
English: Lady Finger banana
Khmer: ចេកពងមាន់ [chék pông moan] (‘chicken-egg banana’)

Lady Finger Banana, the Cambodian national fruit
Lady Finger Banana, the Cambodian national fruit


National fish

Latin: Catlocarpio siamensis
English: Giant Barb
Khmer: ត្រីគល់រាំង [trei kól reang]

Giant Barb, the Cambodian national fish
Giant Barb, the Cambodian national fish


National reptile

Latin: Batagur affinis
English: Southern river terrapin
Khmer: អណ្ដើកហ្លួង [ândaeuk luong] (‘royal turtle’)

Southern river terrapin, the Cambodian national reptile
Southern river terrapin, the Cambodian national reptile


National bird

Latin: Thaumatibis gigantea
English: Giant Ibis
Khmer: ត្រយ៉ង [trâyâng]
Photo credit: Allan Michaud of Wild Cambodia

Giant Ibis, the Cambodian national bird
Giant Ibis, the Cambodian national bird


National mammal

Latin: Bos sauveli
English: wild ox, kouproh or grey ox
Khmer: គោព្រៃ [kou prey] (‘forest cattle’)
Note: critically endangered (possibly extinct)

Kouprey, the Cambodian national mammal
Kouprey, the Cambodian national mammal

If you would like to read more about the Kouprey, please check FCC’s ‘Hunting the Elusive Kouprey’ and the WWF fact file on the Kouprey.

The 1951 video below is (allegedly) the only footage of the Kouprey. Turn on your sound for the beautiful bird whistles in the background.


by Rikitikitavi





2 comments


  1. Mao Soklim said on 1 July, 2015

    For National Fruit:

    Banana picture is wrong . Pls change banana picture.

    Thanks

    With regards.


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