Scientific name: Aglaia argentea
Family name: Meliaceae
Pasak trees in Taman Tugu
Pasak 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”).
The tree is a large-sized tree that grows up to 30m tall, with buttresses up to 1m high. The tree bark is brownish–grey and produces white latex when injured. Leaves are compound with 4–6 sub opposite leaflets on each side of the stalk and 1 at terminal leaflet. The leaves tend to cluster close together near the terminal end of the twig. The leaflet is elliptical or oblong, shiny green above and thickly covered in white and brown peltate scales beneath, giving a silvery appearance. The flowers are inflorescence, measuring about 60cm long and 60cm wide, and densely covered with brown peltate scales. The flowers are small, ellipsoid with 5 petals and anthers. The fruit is ovoid which turns yellow or brown when mature but does not split open. Each fruit contains 2 to 3 locules with 1 seed in each locule. The seed is surrounded by white sweet-sour aril.
The fruits are edible. The timber from this tree is mainly used in furniture production.
These trees are found in lowland forest or limestone forest, up to 1,200m altitude and found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, and Sumatera.