Scientific name: Vatica venulosa
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Resak Letup trees in Taman Tugu
Resak Letup 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.
It is a small to medium-sized tree that can grow up to 25m tall and 40cm in diameter with small buttresses. The leaves are elliptical to ovate-lanceolate, measuring about 12cm longa and 5cm wide. The tree produces pale creamy-white flowers with 5 petals on each flower. The flowers are borne on stalked inflorescence. The fruits are round nuts that are about 1cm wide and They are covered completely by the persistent calyx.
The timber is used as resak and suitable to be used in construction work.
These trees can be found in primary and secondary forests up to 100m altitude. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatera, Borneo, and Java.