Scientific name: Baccaurea pubera
Family name: Phyllanthaceae (Euphorbiaceae)
Kunkurad trees in Taman Tugu
The Kunkurad 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 Kunkurad tree is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 25m tall and 40cm in diameter. The leaves are elliptic and have papery to leathery texture with cross-venulate venation. The flowers are inflorescence about 1 to 3 in a cluster. They are triangular to lanceolate, hairy, ciliated edges, and green or pale green in colour. The fruits are globose to pear-like shape, brown to pale yellow, fleshy, and hairy on the outside.
The tree is harvested from the wild and used locally as a source of food and timber. The fruits are edible while its wood is used in furniture production.
These trees are found in rain forest at elevations from sea level up to 660m and are native to Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatera.