Scientific name: Vatica pauciflora
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Resak Laru trees in Taman Tugu
The Resak Laru 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-sized to large tree which are able to grow up to 25m tall and 30cm in diameter. Sticky resin will exude from the trunk when injured. The leaves are simple and are alternately arranged with elliptic-lanceolate shaped, measuring about 7-20cm long and 2-8cm wide. The tree produces white to whitish-yellow flowers which are borne on axillary. The fruits are brown and nut shaped, measuring about 3cm long and 3cm wide.
The wood is used for construction and furniture production. The resin is traditionally used for caulking boats and basket.
These trees can be found in lowland forests, freshwater swamps and river banks. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.