Scientific name: Diospyros penangiana
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 small sized tree which grows up to 10m tall.
Its leaves are oblong to ovate shaped, thinly leathery and mostly smooth except the mid rib. The leaves have a characteristic heart shaped leaf base. There are 15 pairs of secondary veins which looped and joined near the margin, and reticulate tertiary veins. The young twigs are covered in dense yellowish hairs. The female flowers occur in few flowered cymes at the leaf axils. Each female flower comprises of 5 overlapping calyx lobes, 5 petals and 5 sterile stamens and 1 hairy ovary. The fruit is spherical and occurs singly or in pairs. It is densely covered with orange-brown hairs. Each fruit may contained up to 4 seeds with ruminate endosperm.
There are no known uses of this tree.
These tropical trees occur in primary rainforest to 500m. These trees are native to Malaysia.