Scientific name: Lepisanthes alata
Family name: Sapindaceae
Rambai Istana trees in Taman Tugu
The Rambai Istana 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 Rambai Istana is a small-sized tree that grows up to 15m tall and 30cm in diameter. The compound leaves are up to 45cm long with 8-12 pairs of leaflets. The leaflets are ovate-lanceolate to lanceolate, oppositely arranged with pointed tips and entire margin. The young leaves are pinkish-purple, turning green when mature. The flowers are borne in clusters which grow up to 45cm in length, scentless, with 5 purple to wine red colored petals. The fruits are obovoid with a pointed tip, measuring about 4cm in diameter. The mature fruits are red in color, with translucent fleshy pulp.
The fruit pulp is sweet and edible.
These trees grow in a forest at elevation up to 500m altitude. These trees are native to Malaysia, Borneo, and Philippines.