Scientific name: Drypetes microphylla
Family name: Euphorbiaceae (Phyllanthaceae)
Drypetes microphylla trees in Taman Tugu
The Drypetes microphylla tree is an indigenous rainforest tree which is amongst the 4,100 trees added to the Taman Tugu site. This tree was selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).
This tree is usually found 17-18m tall, with greyish branchlets, terete in shape and glabrous. Its leaves are elliptic to oblong, 7 – 10cm long, 2 – 3.5 cm wide, usually unequal and acute at base, entire, abruptly caudate at apex (cauda 10-15 mm long, obtuse), thinly coriaceous and glabrous. Upon drying the top surface of the leaves will turn blackish while pale greenish-brown below. The midrib on the top surface is flat while slightly raised beneath; with 5-8 pairs of lateral nerves and tertiary nerves which are reticulate and with 5 – 10mm long glabrous petiole. Its flowers are not seen. Its fruits are axillary, often in the axils of falters leaves, globose, 16 – 17mm in diameter, brown in colours, evanescently and softly ochraccous-puberulous with 12-15mm long pedicels.
It has been reported that parts of this tree can be used for medicine and as ornamental decorations.2
It grows mainly on tropical loam soil and is widely distributed in the Southeast Asian islands of Malaysia, India, Indonesia and the middle of Philippines.