Scientific name: Hopea nervosa
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Merawan Jangkang trees in Taman Tugu
Merawan Jangkang 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 large-sized tree can grow up to 45m tall and 75cm in diameter. The tree has small buttresses and many stilt roots. The leaves are narrowly ovate measuring about 9-18cm long and 4-7cm wide.
The wood of these trees is mainly used in medium construction and furniture production.
These trees grow in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests where they are found on low lying flat land and hill slopes on clay rich fertile soils at elevations up to 400m. These tropical trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Boneo, and Sumatera.