Scientific name: Dipterocarpus oblongifolius
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Neram trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Neram 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”).
The Keruing Neram tree is a large tree that can grow up to 30m tall in its natural habitat. Its bark is reddish brown with a flaky surface. The tree girth size can reach up to 1.5m wide. The leaves are green lanceolate to narrowly elliptic shaped. The flowers are borne on axillary and terminal raceme inflorescence. The flowers are cream in colour and tomentose. Its fruit is a winged nut about 3cm long, consisting of 2 long reddish-brown wings and 3 very short wings.
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood. The wood is used for general construction timber, such as carpentry, paneling, joinery, floors and furniture.
These trees are usually found on riverbanks. These trees are native to Penisular Malaysia, Borneo and Thailand.