Scientific name: Careya arborea
Family name: Lecythidaceae
Putat Gedang trees in Taman Tugu
Putat Gedang 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”).
This tree is a small to a medium-sized tree that grows up to 20m tall. The bark is fissured and dark-green colored. The leaves are obovate and oppositely arranged. These trees produce fragrant flower. The fruit is a capsule up to 6cm in diameter with a leathery skin and a fleshy pulp.
The fruits are edible but the seeds are reported to be slightly poisonous. The fibrous bark is used for relieving body swellings.
These trees grow on a well-drained soils with sun exposure and are native to Malaysia and Thailand.