Scientific name: Hopea kerangensis
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Merawan Kerangas trees in Taman Tugu
Merawan Kerangas 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.
It is a big-sized tree which can grow up to 48m tall and 95cm in diameter. The bark surface is smooth with small buttresses and abundant stilt roots. The leaves are simple and alternate arrangements and they are penni-veined with inconspicuous secondary veins placed close together. The leaves are oblong-lanceolate, measuring about 6-8cm by 2.5-3cm. The flowers are white-yellow, measuring about 3mm in diameter and placed in small panicles.
There is no reported usage for this tree.
These trees are usually found on lowland mixed dipterocarp forest. These trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand.