Keruing Gombang Merah
Scientific name: Dipterocarpus kunstleri
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Gombang Merah trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Gombang Merah 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. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
The Keruing Gombang Merah tree is a large form of tree that grows as a canopy tree up to 50m tall, with a trunk diameter of up to 1m and its bark is orange-brown color. The leaves are broadly ovate with a black petioles. The flowers are unbranched and are white-yellowish-pink colour. The fruits are ovoid with sharp ridges on the upper half and 2 long wings.
This tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood. The wood is used for general construction work, carpentry, paneling, and joinery.
These trees are from moist lowland tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 100m. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and the Philippines.