Red Fleshed Durian
Scientific name: Durio graveolens
Family name: Bombacaceae
Red Fleshed Durian trees in Taman Tugu
Red Fleshed Durian 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 big-sized upper canopy tree that grows up to 43m tall and 85cm in diameter. Stipules are present but drop early. The leaves are simple and alternately arranged with golden lower surface. The flowers are 25mm in diameter and are white-reddish colored with 2-lobed epicalyx, placed in cymes on the twigs below the leaves. The fruits are yellowish-reddish in colour that are about 150mm long and the fruits seed enclosed in red aril.
These trees are harvested for its timber for construction and the fruits are edible.
These trees can be found in lowland forest, often on clay-rich soils in mixed dipterocarp forest and on shale ridges and are very common in Malaysia and Indonesia.