Scientific name: Vatica rassak
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Resak trees in Taman Tugu
The Resak 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 canopy tree that can grow up to 34m tall and 64cm in diameter. The trunk produces sticky resin when it is injured. The tree leaves are narrowly elliptic with simple and alternate arrangement and surface glabrous. The tree produces white to whitish-yellow flowers that are borne on a penicle inflorescence. The fruits are brownish-green and oblong shaped.
The resin from the tree is used for caulking boat and basket, as an adhesive, a medicine and as a fuel for torches. The wood is used for medium to heavy constructions.
These trees grow in lowland forests, growing along riverbanks and on hills, at elevations up to 400m and are found in Malaysia, Philippines, Sumatera, and Borneo.