Scientific name: Quercus gemelliflora
Family name: Fagaceae
Mempening trees in Taman Tugu
The Mempening 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 Mempening tree is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 30m tall and 60cm in diameter. The tree bark is greyish-brown and finely fissured. The leaves are elliptic or lanceolate. The flowers are inflorescence, staminodes, and hairy. The fruits are acorn conical shapped, measuring about 3cm long and often paired along rachis.
The trees are harvested for its timber which is mainly use in construction and furniture production.
These trees are found on hillsides and ridges with sandy soils. These trees are native to Malaysia, Indonesia, and Borneo.