Scientific name: Dipterocarpus rigidus
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Chogan trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Chogan tree is an indigenous rainforest tree 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 is one of the species being added which is considered as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. The tree is critically endangered due to deforestation.
The tree is a large-sized tree that can grow up to 50m tall with 95cm wide trunk and buttresses up to 1m tall. The tree bark is usually light color when young and coarsely fissured as it ages. The leaves are ovate and leathery with broadly tapering leaf base. The tree fruit has two large wings and 3 short wings.
This tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood. The wood is mainly used for construction and furniture.
These trees grow on dry soils at coastal hills. The Keruing Chogan trees are native to Penisular Malaysia, Sumatera, and Borneo.