Damar Hitam Bulu
Scientific name: Shorea longisperma
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Damar Hitam Bulu trees in Taman Tugu
The Damar Hitam Bulu 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 ‘Critically Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species as this species is heavily logged as it is a source of the ‘Yellow Meranti’ timber.
The Damar Hitam Bulu is a emergent tree with an immense, diffuse, cauliflower-shaped crown. It can grow up to 70m tall. The tall, straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 290cm in diameter with stout buttresses up to 4m high and outwards.
The wood is a source of the ‘Yellow Meranti’ timber. The wood is used for purposes such as interior joinery and panelling, furniture, light carpentry, flooring and veneer.
These emergent trees are scattered on fertile clay rich soils in mixed dipterocarp forests, especially on igneous and volcanic rocks on undulating land and sheltered inland mountain slopes; at elevations up to 1,400m. These native trees are native to Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.