Scientific name: Neolitsea zeylanica
Family name: Lauraceae
Medang Pasir trees in Taman Tugu
The Medang Pasir 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 tree is a medium-sized evergreen tree that can grow up to 20m tall. The leaves are stalked and oval to oblong shaped. The flowers develop in greenish flower-heads. The tree produces fruits that are 7mm wide, turning reddish then black when ripe.
The root is used to make poultice for skin rash on fingers. The wood is used in construction and in furniture production. The trees are also used for ornamental purposes.
These trees grow most commonly along the coast, sometimes in inland forest and limestone areas up to 1000m altitude. These trees are native to Malaysia and Singapore.