Selangan Batu Daun Halus
Scientific name: Shorea superba
Family name: Dipterocarpaceae
Selangan Batu Daun Halus trees in Taman Tugu
The Selangan Daun Batu Halus 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 very large tree that grows up to 75m tall and 310cm in diameter. The leaves are oblong, thinly coriaceous and silver to cream lepidote beneath measuring about 7-12cm long and 4-7cm wide. The tree produces white to cream flowers that have narrow petals.
The timber is used in construction and furniture production.
These trees can be found in mixed dipterocarp forest on well-structured clay soils in moist areas. These trees can be found in Malaysia and Borneo.