Scientific name: Hopea auriculata
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Merawan trees in Taman Tugu
Merawan 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 ‘Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
The Merawan tree is a small-sized tree with smooth bark. It has a tall but poorly shaped bole with mottles of grey, brown, and darker colours. The leaves are lanceolate to acuminate. The fruit is auriculate at the base of the wings.
The roots are mainly used for constructions and furniture productions.
These trees grow in tropical forest and it is native to Malaysia.