Meranti Temak Nipis
Scientific name: Hopea Nutans
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Meranti Temak Nipis trees in Taman Tugu
The Meranti temak nipis 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 tree is classified as ‘Endangered’ in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species(2010).
The Meranti Temak Nipis tree is a small to large tree, and may appear with small buttresses. Its bark is deeply, narrowly and irregularly fissured. It has stalked, alternately-arranged leaf blades that are elliptic-oblong. Its has white-petaled flowers with a red-tinge in the centre, and are borne on clusters.Its fruits are winged nuts consisting of a narrowly ovate nut enclosed within 3 long outer wings and 2 short and narrow inner wings.
The tree is used for landscaping puposes. is suitable for parks and streetscapes for its versatility in adapting to environmental conditions.
These trees grow in lowland evergreen and deciduous forests. These trees are native to Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.