Saga Daun Tajam
Scientific name: Adenanthera malayana
Family name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Saga Daun Tajam trees in Taman Tugu
The Saga Daun Tajam trees are one of the many trees found existing within the Taman Tugu site. It is believed to have been planted by the previous residents due to its attractive features.
Saga Daun Tajam trees can grow up to 45m high, 250cm girth, and sometimes with buttresses with area of 1.2mX0.6m.
It has alternate, shortly-stalked, bipinnate leaves. Its tiny flowers have white petals that turn yellow, and grow on an elongated shoot to 15cm long. The purple fruits pods are 8-15cm long, and twist into a spiral before splitting when ripe to expose about ten, glossy red and black seeds.
The wood is used for bridge and house construction (beams, posts, joists, rafters), flooring, paving blocks, and vehicle bodies. It is also used furniture and cabinet work, and turnery, and yields a very good charcoal.
These tropical trees can be found in primary and secondary forests. It can be found growing at rocky and sandy soil, and also in peat swamps up to altitude sea-level up to 900m. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Borneo, Singapore, Sumatra, and Thailand.