Scientific name: Horsfieldia sucosa
Family name: Myristicaceae
Penarahan trees in Taman Tugu
Penarahan 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 Penarahan tree is a large-sized tree that grows up to 30m tall. The leaves are spirally arranged and stalked leaves have membranous to thinly papery leaf blades that are oval-oblong to lance-shaped. Its flowering shoots develop behind the leaves on twigs. Its fruiting clusters contain 1–4 fruits each. Its succulent fruits are broadly egg-shaped, hairless, pinkish-red and shiny.
The fruits are edible and the tree is a source of timber. The wood is commonly used in light construction. These trees are also planted for ornamental purposes.
These trees grow in lowland and hill forests, forests over limestone, swamp forests, and on plains, up to 800m altitudes. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatera, and Borneo.