Podo Jati Laut
Scientific name: Podocarpus polystachyus
Family name: Podocarpaceae
Podo Jati Laut trees in Taman Tugu
The Podo Jati Laut tree is an indigenous rainforest tree that are 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 commonly known with such names such as Sea Teak, Jati Laut, Jati Bukit, Podo Laut, Setada, Sentada, Sintada.
It is an evergreen, coniferous tree, that grows up to 20m tall. Its crown is broadly conical to dome-shaped in young trees, becoming irregular with age. It has alternate, shortly-stalked leaves that have leathery leaf blades which are narrowly lance-shaped, and dark green in colour. It is a dioecious species, with male and female cones borne on separate trees. The cream-coloured, cylindrical male cones develop in clusters of 3–5. The female cones develop singly, and consist of a single ovule on a fleshy, somewhat cylindrical receptacle. The receptacle becomes red when the ovule becomes a mature seed, after pollination and fertilisation. The seed is green upon maturity, with a fleshy bright or dark red receptacle.When grown in windswept conditions, tree may assume bent and gnarled form.
The Podo Jati Laut tree may be planted as bonsai. It is also tolerant of many soil types. It is a tree suitable for gardens, parks and roadsides.
These tropical trees grow along rocky and sandy seashores, in the landward edge of mangrove forest, and coastal cliffs. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Riow-Lingga and Bangka Islands, the Philippines, Borneo, the Moluccas, and New Guinea