Scientific name: Sterculia parviflora
Family name: Sterculiaceae
Kelumpang Burung trees in Taman Tugu
The Kelumpang Burung 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 can grow up to 7-20m tall and the circumference of the bark reaching up to 180cm with a pinkish colour. It has a simple leave with oblong to elliptic oblong shape. The seedpods of this tree are large velvety brilliant orange or red in colour with the large black seeds.
The tree is said to be harvested from the wild for local use of its timber. It is planted as an ornamental along the sides of roads. The large seeds of many species in this genus are also used for food. Usually cooked, they are rich in oil and have a flavour described by some as like peanuts
These trees are commonly scattered species of lowland forest and hill forest, found on a variety of substrates, including basalt and calcareous shale. These trees are native to Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia.