Scientific name: Dipterocarpus fagineus
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Pipit trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Pipit 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 Pipit tree is a large tree with a grey trunk that can grow up to 45m in height and 1m in diameter. The tree bark is lenticellate and shed in large flakes. The leaves are elliptic-lanceolate, glabrous and the underside is covered with a whitish coating. The fruit is elliptic with prominent ridges or angles running almost to the pointed base. It comprises of 2 long wings which is non-hairy and 3 nerved. The remaining 3 wings are inconspicuous.
The tree is used for landscaping such as roadside, parks and gardens.
These trees occur in coastal hill forest and hill forest, ranging from 200m to 1000m. These trees are native to Malaysia.