Scientific name: Pouteria obovata
Family name: Sapotaceae
Menasi trees in Taman Tugu
The Menasi tree is an indigenous rainforest tree that are 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 Menasi tree grows as a bushy-crowned tree reaching a maximum height of 10 to 20m(33 to 66 ft). The leaves are hairy when young, with upper surfaces becoming smooth and shiny. They are roughly oval-to spear-shaped. Appearing from August to October, the tiny greenish-white flowers grow in clusters. The flowering is followed by round red or blue berries. Each berry contains one to five seeds which are yellow when ripe.
The pinkish-brown wood is heavy.It is suitable for carving and cabinet making, and also for turned articles; sometimes it is used for house-posts, and for salt-water piling.
These trees are native to Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, New Guinea, Australia, West Pacific, South China, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Seychelles.