Scientific name: Hopea pierrei
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Merawan Palung trees in Taman Tugu
Merawan Palung 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 ‘Vulnerable’ 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 small to medium-sized tree which can grow up to 25m tall and 50cm in diameter. Its bole is often twisted and poor shaped with stilt roots. Its bark surface is smooth and dark brown with light patches colored. The leaves are lanceolate measuring about 4-8cm long and 1-5cm wide with thin leathery surface. The fruits are ovate with 2 long fruit calyx lobes and 3 shorter calyx lobes.
Resin from the tree is used for torches and caulking boat. The timber is used for constructions and furniture production.
These trees grow in lowland tropical forest and it can be found in Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia.