Red River Fig
Scientific name: Ficus racemosa
Family name: Moraceae
Red River Fig trees in Taman Tugu
The Red River Fig 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 an evergreen deciduous tree, often with an irregular crown which can grow up to 30m tall and 90cm in diameter.
The fruits, leaves, and young shoots are eaten raw or cooked. The leaves are used to treat diarrhea and the tree bark is used to treat mosquito bites and burn.
These trees can be found in lowland rain forest area with moist land and well-drained soils. These trees are native to Peninsula Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.