Scientific name: Diospyros areolata
Family name: Ebenaceae
Kayu Arang trees in Taman Tugu
The Kayu Arang 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 species of the Kayu Arang tree is a medium sized tree which grows up to 30m tall. Its leaves are ovate to oblong, and are arranged alternately. The young stems are hairy and reddish, becoming glabrous with age. The inflorescences usually bear three flowers
Both the male and female flowers have velvety calyx. The calyx are divided into four triangular lobes. The fruits produced are globose and are covered with reddish-brown hairs when young.
There are no known uses of this tree.
These tropical trees occur in lowland mixed dipterocarp and swamp forests. These trees are native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.