Scientific name: Vatica lobata
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Resak Paya trees in Taman Tugu
The Resak Paya 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 ‘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 tree with pale brown to gray and sometime flaky bark. The leaves are green, obovate to elliptic-lanceolate, measuring about 7-24cm long and 2-9.5cm wide. The leaves are alternately arranged and thinly coriaceous. The tree produces white to cream flowers which are borne on axillary and terminal panicle inflorenscence up to 5cm long. The fruits are brown ovoid nuts.
These trees are sometimes used as ornamental plants.
These trees grow on moist and well-drain soil and are native to Peninsular Malaysia.