Miku / Terap
Scientific name: Artocarpus lowii
Family name: Moraceae
Miku trees in Taman Tugu
The Artocarpus lowii is an indigenous rainforest tree that are 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”).
The Miku tree is an evergreen tree which can grow up 25m tall. The heartwood is orange yellow brown, darkening to golden brown; it is clearly demarcated from the sapwood and grainy in texture.
Its leaves spirally arranged and stipules are fully amplexicaul about 1-8cm long. The fruits are ellipsoid about 0.7cm long.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of wood. The wood is usually used for interior items such as furniture, flooring, stairs, panelling, veneer, boxes and crates, joinery, matches, light carpentry; externally, it is used for vehicle or container flooring. It is also used to make high class coffins in Malaysia. The wood is also exported. The wood is The plant is cultivated in Singapore for its medicinal uses. The milk sap is greasy and used as ointment.
These tropical trees are native to Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia (Sumatra).