||From Latin, berry (Bacca) and golden (aureus), referring the fruits of some species
|| Small flowers
||Baccaurea affinis Müll.Arg., Baccaurea rostrata Merr., Baccaurea scortechinii Hook.f.
||Setambun, Wild Rambai
||Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo
A small tree to about 6m, Baccaurea parviflora can be commonly found in our rainforests, with quite a number of them along the paths of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. It has tier (pagoda-like) branching, with glabrous somewhat obovate (or elliptic) leaves with a distinct drip-tip.
It is immediately apparent when it flowers, with the male tree bearing inflorescences along its trunk, while the female bears the inflorescence at the base of the trunk.
The fruits are said to be edible, serving best when cooked (Jansen et al., 1991). The wood, being hard and durable, is used for making small utensils.
A flowering tree along Bukit Timah Nature Reserve main trail.
Male inflorescences on the trunk.
Obovate leaves with distinct drip tip.
Female inflorescence at the base of the trunk.
ReferencesJansen PCM, Jukema J, Oyen LPA & van Lingen TG (1991) Baccaurea parviflora (Muell. Arg.) Muell. Arg.In: Verheij EWM & Coronel RE (Eds.) Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 2: Edible fruits and nuts. Pudoc, Wageningen, The Netherlands. pp 320.
Posted Date: 2017-06-27 / Modified Date: 2017-06-27