Scientific name: Dipterocarpus elongatus
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Latek trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Latek 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 due to deforestation.
The Keruing Latek tree is a large tree, with its trunk growing up to 170cm in diameter. The leaves are green and leathery with prominent veins. The foliage is elliptical and has plicate leaf margin and its petiole is reddish-brown and woolly. The fruit has vestigial lobes and 5 obtuse bumps at its neck.
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood. The wood is used for general construction timber, mainly used in carpentry, paneling, joinery, floors and timber frame houses.
These trees inhabit low-lying and swampy forest areas. These trees are native to Malaysia and Singapore.