Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum

Artocarpus nitidus griffithii Jarrett

Kingdom:Plantae
Phylum/Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Eudicots
Order:Rosales
Family:Moraceae
Genus:Artocarpus
Species:A. nitidus
Sub-species:griffithii
Status:Critically endangered

Description

Medium-sized tree to 30 m tall with short buttresses to 1 m. Bole is grey to grey brown with smooth to shallowly fissured bark. The leaf size and texture is very variable for this species. The leaf blade is thinly leathery, glabrous and shiny on the upper surface. In term of shape, it is narrowly oblong with pointed apex and rounded base with very short stalk, about 5 mm, rarely 10 mm. The young leaves are pink. Fruit is 3–5 cm across, flattened to rounded, shiny and very smooth. The fruit colour is green, turning orange pink with bright pink flesh when ripe. The raw fruit is edible. 

Read more about the Rosales order.
Read more about the Moraceae family.

Distribution

Malay Peninsula, Singapore, Thailand, Indo-China, Sumatra, Borneo

Localities

Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

General Biology

Occurs frequently in lowland rainforests. 

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.
 
Corner, E.J.H., 1988. Wayside Trees of Malaya. Third Edition. Volumes 1-2. Malayan Nature Society, Kuala Lumpur. 861 pp.
 
Keng, H., 1990. The Concise Flora of Singapore: Gymnosperms and Dicotyledons. Singapore University Press, Singapore. 222 pp.
 
Ng, F.S.P. 1978. Tree Flora of Malaya. Vol. 3. Malayan Forest Records No. 26. Longman, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 339 pp. 

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