Scientific name: Hopea pubescens
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Merawan Bunga trees in Taman Tugu
Merawan Bunga 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.
The tree is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 37m tall and 55cm in diameter. The tree has buttresses and the tree bark becomes fissured when matured. The leaves are leathery and elliptic to lanceolate shaped, measuring about 2.5-6cm long and 1.3-2.8cm wide. The flowers occur at the axillary or terminal end of the branches an it is inflorescence. The flowers are small and cream colored. The fruit base is nut shaped with 2 wing-like calyx lobes and 3 shorter wings.
The wood of this tree is mainly used for planking and in medium-weight construction such as for doors and windows.
These trees are found in well drained flat land and low hills. These tropical trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia.