Scientific name: Dimocarpus dentatus
Family name: Sapindaceae
Kekucing trees in Taman Tugu
The Kekucing 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”). It was one of the trees added to attract fauna to the site – the fruits are eaten by mammals like squirrels and monkeys.
The Kekucing tree is a small sized tree usually growing up to 15m tall, but exceptionally to 24m. The bole is up to 40cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses. The globose fruit is about 15mm in diameter, containing a single large seed. This tree is related to the Longan tree.
The fruit is edible and is usually eaten raw. The fruit has a sweet flavour.
These tropical trees occur in primary and sometimes secondary forests, in dry as well as in periodically inundated or marshy localities, on various but preferably rather rich soils: usually from sea level to 100m, but exceptionally to 750m. These trees are native to Malaysia and Indonesia.