Scientific name: Pterocarpus indicus
Family name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Ramin Melawis trees in Taman Tugu
The Ramin Melawis 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 is one of the species being added which is considered as ‘Critically Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
The tree is a medium to large-sized tree that can grow up to 42m tall and 120cm. Its bole can be branchless up to 20m high. The leaves are simple and alternately arranged, whilst the flowers are 14mm in diameter, brownish and placed in short panicles. Its fruits are 44mm in diameter and greenish-brown.
These trees are commonly used in light construction and furniture production.
These trees grow in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp forests up to 400m altitude. These trees are native to Malaysia and Borneo.