Scientific name: Pterocarpus indicus
Family name: Fabaceae (Leguminosae)
Tristaniopsis pontianensis trees in Taman Tugu
The Tristaniopsis pontianensis 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 ‘Endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (“IUCN”) Red List of Threatened Species. This species is being threatened due to deforestation.
This tree is a medium-sized tree that grows up to 27m tall. The leaves are egg-shaped, measuring about 6cm long and 4cm wide with a leathery texture. The underside of the leaf is pale green with darker green above. The young leaves are covered in dense coppery red hairs which become glabrous as it matures. The flowers are developed in clusters that are 6cm long. The petals are broadly obovate and covered in dense coppery red hairs outside while almost glabrous inside.
This tree is commonly planted as ornamental plants for gardens or at roadsides.
These trees grow on moist soils and are native to Malaysia.