Scientific name: Alstonia spatulata
Family name: Annonaceae
Pulai Basong trees in Taman Tugu
Pulai Basong 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 Pulai Basong is a medium-sized tree that grows up to 25m tall and 40cm in diameter with buttresses up to 150cm high. The tree bark is smooth, scaly or finely fissured, pale to dark grey coloured. The leaves are in whorls of 3-5 leaves, spathulate or obovate shaped, measuring about 12cm long and 5cm wide. The flowers produced are fragrant and sepals connate at the base, ovate shaped or sub triangular. Fruits are a pair of follicles, 12-25cm by 2.5-3mm, glabrous.
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of medicines, chewing gum, wood, cork, and latex.
These trees can be found scattered on poorly drained usually at elevations below 300m and are native to Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, and Sumatera.