Scientific name: Dipterocarpus lowii
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Keruing Sol trees in Taman Tugu
The Keruing Sol 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 Sol tree is a large tree that can grow up to 55m in height and 190cm in diameter. The tree bark surface is chocolate-brown with evenly grey-brown flakes. The leaves are ovate-lanceolate. The fruits are globose with 5 wings completely hiding the tube inward folds.
The tree is harvested from the wild as a source of wood. The wood is generally used for construction, such as in carpentry, paneling, joinery, floors, timber frame houses, boxes and crates, veneer etc.
These tropical trees occur in well drained soil such as coastlines on low hill at elevations up to 400m. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatera and Borneo.