Tapak Hantu

Tapak Hantu

Scientific name: Trevesia burckii
Family name: Araliaceae

Tapak Hantu trees in Taman Tugu
Tapak Hantu 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”).

Physical Features
It is a shrub or small-sized tree that is sparsely branched tree up to 10m with stout branches and small prickles. The tree leaves are crowded at the ends of the shoots. The tree fruits are sub globose 1.5cm by 1.25cm, surmounted by the stylopodium and connate styles.

Usage
These trees are commonly used as ornamental plants.

Habitat
These trees can be found in mixed forests on mountain slopes at 1,000m elevation and are very common in Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, and Sumatera.