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”).
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.
These trees are commonly used as ornamental plants.
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.