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Vatica ridleyana Brandis

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Eudicots
Order:Malvales
Family:Dipterocarpaceae
Genus:Vatica
Species:V. ridleyana
Status:Critically Endangered

Description

A typical Vatica. This is a small to medium size tree, without buttress. The cyindrical bole appears smooth from afar with horizontal ridges or eye-shaped markings. The leathery leaves that are oval or obovate. The petioles and twiges are slightly hairly. The pale yellow flowers have petals that are about 11 mm long. The fruits are unique—a oblong nut with warty and wrinkled surface. The sepals are short, woodly lobes, unlike the winged-fruits in other Dipterocarp genera.

Read more about the Malvales order.
Read more about the Dipterocarpaceae family.

Distribution

Southern Malay Peninsula to Singapore, Sumatra

Localities

Bt Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve

Human Uses

Not an important timber species.

References

Chong, K. Y., H. T. W. Tan & R. T. Corlett, 2009. A Checklist of the Total Vascular Plant Flora of Singapore: Native, Naturalised and Cultivated Species. Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, National University of Singapore, Singapore. 273 pp.

Symington, C.F., 2004. Foresters' Manual of Dipterocarps. Revised by Ashton, P.S. & Appanah, S., Edited by Barlow, H.S. Caxton Press Ltd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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