Scientific name: Chukrasia tabularis
Family name: Meliaceae
Surian Batu trees in Taman Tugu
Surian Batu 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”).
The Surian Batu tree is a medium to a large-sized tree that can grow up to 40m tall and 120cm in diameter. The tree bole is branchless for up to 25m with convex buttresses up to 1.5 m high or without buttresses. Its bark surface is rusty brown or deep brown and deeply fissured or cracked. The leaves are alternately arranged, paripinnate and about 50cm long. Each leaf consists of 6-8 pairs leaflets with dentate margins. The tree produces small fragrant white flowers. The fruit is an ovoid 3-5 valved capsule about 2.5-5 cm long.
The wood from this tree is commonly used in furniture production and construction finishing such as decorative panelling and doors. These trees are also planted as ornamental plants.
These trees grow on terrestrial with moist soil or well-drained soils. These trees are native to Peninsular Malaysia.