Scientific name: Sandoricum koetjape
Family name: Meliaceae
Sentul trees in Taman Tugu
Sentul 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 Sentul tree is a medium to big-sized canopy tree that can grow up to 40m tall and 113cm in diameter with high buttresses. The tree bark is grey colored which is usually smooth, but sometimes flaky or fissured. Young branches are thickly covered in short, brown hairs. The leaves are compound and alternately arranged. Each leaf has 3 leaflets that are elliptic to oblong-ovate with pointed tips and rounded bases, and entire or wavy leaf margins. These trees produce pinkish-yellow, yellowish-green, or white-yellow flowers that are fragrant. Each flower posses five free petals. The flowers are loosely arranged in axillary branched inflorescences. The tree produces fleshy fruits that are round or flattened ball-shaped that are yellow or brownish colored.
The fruits are edible and the woods from the tree are commonly used for light constructions such as floor panel and window frames and also used in furniture production. These trees are also commonly used for ornamental purposes.
These trees can be found In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp and coastal up to 600m altitude and are native to Malaysia, Sumatera, and Borneo.