Brunei Cherry

Brunei Cherry

Nama saintifik: Garcinia parvifolia
Nama keluarga: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)

Brunei Cherry trees in Taman Tugu
The Brunei Cherry tree is an indigenous rainforest tree that are amongst the 4,100 trees added to the Taman Tugu site, selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).

Physical Features
The Brunei Cherry tree is a large tree which can grow up to 33m. The tree has an irregular shape. Its opposite, stalked leaves have thinly leathery leaf blades that are dark green and narrowly elliptic. The veins are inconspicuous. The flowers are white-yellow. Both its male and female flowers grow in clusters at the leaf axils. It’s male flowers are 7-10 mm wide, while female flowers are 4-6 mm wide. The fruits are yellow-orange and are elliptic. It’s stigma is sunken and concealed. Its fruits contain 1-8 seeds which are covered with white pulp.

Usage
The fruit are edible and has a sour taste. The fruits are used to flavour rice. The wood from the tree is used in the construction of
houses.

Habitat
These trees grow in primary rainforest, secondary rainforest, and freshwater swamp forest, mainly at moist areas. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, and Sumatra.