Scientific name: Pouteria linggensis
Family name: Sapotaceae
Nyatoh trees in Taman Tugu
Nyatoh 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 and the wood is heavily harvested.
It is a shrub or medium sized tree which can grow up to 20m tall. The leaves are alternately arranged and talked leaves have papery leaf blades that are elliptic to lance-shaped. The tree produces small greenish-yellow flowers which are developed in clusters. The fruits are egg-shaped which turns purple when ripen.
The trees are mostly used for ornamental purposes. The timber is used in construction.
These trees grow along rocky seashores, and in coastal forest up to 400m altitude. These trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, and Sumatera.