Scientific name: Cleistanthus maingayi
Family name: Phyllanthaceae (Euphorbiaceae)
Cleistanthus maingayi trees in Taman Tugu
The Cleistanthus maingayi 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”).
The tree is small tree growing up to ~8m tall. Its bark is grey-green to brown with scaly irregular pieces; whereas the new bark is pale and the inner bark is dark pale greenish-white, and the wood is pink. The leaves are simple; alternate; glaucous on the underside and the younger leaves are pale-green. The twigs and petioles are hairy and brown. The flower inflorescence is axillary and occurs in cluster. The male flowers have 5 minute petals, 5 valvate sepals, are cup-shaped, and have 5 stamens.
The female flowers have 5 minute petals, 5 valvate sepals, the ovary is enclosed in disk, and have 3 styles. The fruits have 2-4 lobed, 2 cocci, each have a coccus which has 2 seeds.
This tree has no recorded ethnobotanical uses.
These tropical trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak.