Otak Udang Daun Tajam
Scientific name: Buchanania sessifolia
Family name: Anacardiaceae
Otak Udang Daun Tajam trees in Taman Tugu
The Otak Udang Daun Tajam tree 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”).
This tree is a mid-canopy tree and is able to grow up about 10-20m tall. The girth size can grow up to 30cm. The leaves are green and it has a distinctive leaf shape because the base of the leaf is relatively wide and the tip of the leaf gradually becomes pointed. The leaf is thick and it‘s surface is smooth. The flowers are greenish-white that grow on an inflorescence axis, several racemes grow from an inflorescence axis, and the whole inflorescence looks like a cone. The flower is small and has 5 to 6 petals and about 8-10 stamens. The fruit is somewhat cordate to round in shape and light green in colour.
The wood is light and resistant to decay and is used in light construction, interior finishing, household implements, canoes. The seeds are grinded to make tofu.
These tropical trees grow in forests, slope and valley. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo, and Thailand.