Nama saintifik: Syzygium acuminatissimum
Nama keluarga: Myrtaceae
Kerian trees in Taman Tugu
The Kerian 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 evergreen shrub or tree that can grow up to 34m tall. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 10m and up to 50cm in diameter; it is markedly fluted, sometimes with buttresses. The flowers produced are white. The fleshy berries produced are depressed globose, white ripening blue black.
The fruits are edible, The wood of the Kerian tree is used for musical instruments, tool handles, furniture components, ship building, heavy carpentry, flooring, and joinery.
These sub-canopy or canopy tree in undisturbed to slightly disturbed sub-montane and montane forests at elevations up to 3,000m; growing on hillsides and ridges, usually with poor sandy to ultrabasic soils, but also on clay and limestone. These trees are native to Malaysia, southern China, Myanmar, Andamans, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.