Scientific name: Shorea pauciflora
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Meranti Nemesu trees in Taman Tugu
Meranti Nemesu 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 ‘Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
Meranti Nemesu is a large tree with cauliflower-shaped crown that can grow up to 60m tall and 220cm in diameter. The tree has buttresses that are up to 4m high. The leaves are ovate, measuring about 9-15cm long and 4-6cm wide. The leaves have leathery texture on its surface. The flower is bracteoles with pale yellow petals. Its fruits are calyx sparsely pubescent with 3 long lobes and 2 short lobes.
The roots of these trees are mainly used in medium constructions and furniture production.
These trees grow on well-drained soils in the wild. These trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatera.