Scientific name: Tristaniopsis obovata
Family name: Myrtaceae
Pelawan trees in Taman Tugu
Pelawan 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 small to medium-sized tree that grows up to 30m tall. The tree trunk has flaky bark that are orange, grey to greenish. The leaves are alternate and stalked leaves have thick leathery leaf blades that are narrowly obovate measuring about 5-10cm long and 1.8-4.5cm wide. The small flower produced by the tree is musky-scented with white-petaled flowers develop in clusters that are 2.5-5cm long. The fruits are capsule-shaped and release many flat seeds when they split open into three parts when ripen.
These trees are mainly used for ornamental purposes.
These trees grow on islands, and rocky headlands and found in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, and Sumatera.