Scientific name: Diospyros pyrrhocarpa
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”).
The tree is a medium size tree that can grow up to 23-30m tall. Its alternate, stalked leaves are oblong-elliptic to oblong-obovate shaped. The midrib is prominent below, covered with rusty hairs in young leaves. The secondary veins are also sunken below, arching towards the leaf margin. The fruits are ovoid-ellipsoid to globose shaped.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The tree is also used for landscaping in parks and gardens as ornamental trees.
These trees are found in lowland mixed dipterocarp forest and native to Malaysia, India, Thailand and the Philippines.