Scientific name: Shorea resinosa
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Meranti Belang trees in Taman Tugu
Meranti Belang 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. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
Meranti Belang is a large tree with a hemispherical crown which can grow up to 50m tall and 125cm in diameter. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for 20m height and buttresses that can be large or totally absent. The bark of this tree is grayish brown and its surface is smooth or variously fissured. The leaves are broadly ovate, measuring about 9cm long and 5cm wide. The flowers are irregular crowded, scented, and cream to pinkish color. The flower buds are ovoid and petals falcate oblong with white tinged pink or pinkish-red at base.
The trees is harvested from the wild for its timber. The tree produces very durable timber which is commonly used for constructions and furniture productions.
These trees are usually found on undulating land or hills up to 500 m above see level. Thse trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatera, and Borneo.