||Soothsayer; reference to plant unknown
|| From its local name (though it is used widely for all members of the genus)
||Exotic: Cultivated Only
||Borneo, Philippines, Sulawesi, Moluccas, and New Guinea
This exotic dipterocarp is grown sparingly in some streetscape and parks. Some nice specimens can also be seen in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It has distinctive non-persistent stipules, creamy and droopy flowers, and nuts of about 10cm long.
The fruits of the Rasak are water-dispersed and is the only species in the family tolerant of salt water (Symington, 2007).
Form of Rasak in the Singapore Botanic Gardens.
Leaves front and back.
Inflorescence and closeup of flower.
ReferencesSymington CF. (2007) Foresters' Manual of Dipterocarps. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, Kulau Lumpur. 519 pp.
Posted: 2014-03-22 / Modified: 2015-01-11