Scientific name: Ormosia bancana
Family name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Saga Hutan trees in Taman Tugu
Saga Hutan trees are one of the species that are native to the Taman Tugu site. This species 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 medium-sized tree that grows up to 24m tall. The leaves are stalked, pinnate leaves which are up to 20cm long, with 8–13 pairs of leaflets (pinnate). Its leathery leaflet blades are oblong-elliptic, glossy green above and covered thinly with golden velvety hair below. Its midrib is always covered with golden velvety hair below. The flowers are white, 9mm long, and grow on flowering shoots that are up to about 10cm long. The fruits are round or oblong, greyish-black and thinly woody. Each fruit contains 1-3 red seeds that are about 7mm by 6mm.
These trees are a source of timber which is mainly used in furniture production.
These trees grow in forests and along river and are native to Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatera, and Borneo.