Scientific name: Lagerstroemia langkawiensis
Family name: Lythraceae
Bungor trees in Taman Tugu
The Bungor 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”). This is one of the species being added which is considered as ‘Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
The Bungor tree is a small to medium size tree in their family, it can grow between 6m-15m for the small sized tree, or 16m-30m for the medium sized tree. The leaves of the Bungor tree are simple, lanceolate to oblong, red in colour when young turning green when mature. The flowers are pink in colour with 5 to 6 petals each. The fruit produced is capsule with elliptic-oblong shape.
This tree mainly used for landscaping as an ornamental tree due to the bright pink colour of the flowers produed. It is suitable for planting along streetscapes, parks, and garden for its beautiful colour and aesthetic value. The Bungor tree also has medicinal value, parts of the tree can be used to treat diabetes and kidney diseases.
These trees are found in open lowland rainforest in the tropical and monsoonal climate zone. These trees are endemic to Langkawi Island, Malaysia.