Scientific name: Triomma malaccensis
Family name: Burseraceae
Kedondong Kijai trees in Taman Tugu
The Kedondong Kijai 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 emergent tree can grow up to 56m tall. The leaves are alternate, compound, and penni-veined. The white-yellow-cream flowers are placed in repeatedly branched inflorescences. The fruits are long, green, dehiscent capsules with wind dispersed, winged seeds.
The timber is used in general utility timber for planking, cladding, plywood, flooring, furniture, packing cases, pallets and general carpentry work. The resin from the wood sometimes used for torches.
These tropical trees occur in frequent in old, rarely in secondary, forests; mostly on dry ground, rarely in permanently inundated places, at elevations up to 150m, occasionally ascending to 400m. These trees are native to Malaysia and Indonesia. The species epithet “malaccensis” is named after Malacca, where these trees are naturally distributed.