|Etymology||Genus||From Greek kalos (beautiful) and phyllon (leaf)|
|Synonyms||Calophyllum tetrapetalum Roxb.|
|Common Names||Bintangor Bunut, Malang-Malang, Mintak, Nicobar Canoe-Tree|
|Status||Native: Critically Endangered|
|Native Distribution||Indochina, Malesia, Australia, Papuasia|
Calophyllum soulattri is a common tree planted along our roads in recent years. In its native habitat, it is found along the edges of rivers, and in lowland to lower montane rainforests, or sometimes in mangrove forests (NParks, 2009). Typical of Calophyllum species, the leathery leaves have many faint, almost perpendicular secondary veins, and a thick raised mid-vein from the underside. The leaves are narrow and young ones are commonly red.
A cultivated tree along Upper Serangoon Crest (2020).
NParks. (2009) Trees of Our Garden City: A Guide to the Common Trees of Singapore. 2nd Edition. National Parks Board, Singapore. 382 pp.