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Vatica maingayi Dyer

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

Description

A mid size tree that can sometimes grow up to 2 m girth. The bole is greyish and often rough with brittle scales that tend to be aligned horizontally. The leaves are about 10 × 4 cm, rather thin with slender petiole and drying reddish brown. The twigs often have dense red hair.  Flowers are red. The fruits are two-winged globose nuts. 

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

Distribution

More frequently on the western side of Malay Peninsula to Singapore, Palembang in Sumatra and northwest Borneo

Localities

Bt. Timah Nature Reserve

General Biology

Vatica maingayi is able grow on flat, low-lying areas as well as on hills up to 200 m.

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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