Scientific name: Pentaspadon motleyi
Family name: Anacardiaceae
Pelong Licin trees in Taman Tugu
Pelong Licin 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”).
It is a large-sized tree that grows up to 50m tall and 70cm in diameter. The tree has purplish-red branches which are densely covered in round to linear of tan-colored lenticels. The tree produces star-shaped flower that is composed of 5 white to cream-coloured petals with rounded tips. Flowers are arranged in dense, branched clusters known as panicles which have purplish red stalks. The tree also produces fleshy fruits with stones are known as drupes
The fruits are typically eaten raw. The wood contains abundant oil which is used for medicine. The tree produces light wood which is suitable for interior finishing and furniture.
These trees occur in swamps, along rivers, and areas subject to flooding and typically found in undisturbed forest at altitudes up to 200m. These trees are found in Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, and Sumatera.