Scientific name: Baccaurea minor
Family name: Phyllanthaceae (Euphorbiaceae)
Rambai trees in Taman Tugu
Rambai 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”).
It is a medium to large-sized tree which can grow up to 35m tall and 70cm in diameter. The tree has buttresses that are about 1m tall. The tree bark is red-brown to brown and it has a smooth to rough surface. The leaves are densely hairy when young and ovate-shaped measuring about 16cm long and 9cm wide. The flowers are clustered at the branchlets and are greenish-yellow to yellow coloured. The fruits are globose with fleshy capsules, measuring about 14mm in diameter.
The wood is locally used to make blade sheaths and is used in house construction. The fruits are edible, and the trees are sometimes cultivated in forest gardens.
These trees can be found on hillsides and ridges with sandy to clay soils. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatera, Borneo, and Java.