Scientific name: Mesua lepidota
Family name: Guttiferae
Penaga Tikus trees in Taman Tugu
Penaga Tikus tree is an indigenous rainforest tree amongst the 4,100 trees being added to the Taman Tugu site, selected in collaboration with Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (“FRIM”) and Malaysian Nature Society (“MNS”).
It is a medium-sized tree that grows up to 20m tall with trunk diameter of 40cm with tree bark that is adherent scaly. The tree leaves are opposite and simple arrangement with petiole about 5mm long. The leaf blade is oblong-elliptical measuring about, 8cm-15cm long and 3cm-5cm wide. Inflorescence a terminal or axillary umbel consisting of 1-3-flowered racemes, up to 6cm long and flowers are bisexual. The flowers have 4 white to pinkish sepals that are decussate, rounded and 5mm in diameter. The fruits are globose capsule, 2.5cm in diameter, thick and woody and seated on the persistent.
Resin from the tree is used as a varnish while the wood is mainly used in heavy construction and furniture production.
These trees grow in lowlands and plains, sometimes in seasonal swamp forest and are native to Peninsular Malaysia.