Scientific name: Garcinia nigrolineata
Family name: Clusiaceae (Guttiferae)
Kandis Hutan trees in Taman Tugu
The Kandis Hutan 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 Kandis Hutan tree is an under-storey tree growing to 10–14m tall. The bark of the tree dark, almost black. The species epithet ‘nigrolineata’ means ‘with black stripes’ – referencing the bark. The leaves are simple and leathery, arranged in opposite pairs, lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate with smooth margins. The leaf blades are pointed at both ends. The central vein is very prominent, while the side veins are barely visible. The young flushes are light reddish-bronze in color, turning to bright yellow-green, finally to dark green when mature. Its small flowers are unisexual, yellow and light red in color. The fruit is oval and slightly skewed, with a ridged rind and beaked end, orange in color when ripe.
The fruit is edible and eaten by the locals. The plant is also used as rootstocks for Garcinia mangostana (Mangosteen).
These tropical trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.