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Hopea pubescens

Family Name: Dipterocarpaceae
Full Sun Moderate Water Tree


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree


Native Distribution Peninsula Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a tree with buttresses and fissured bark when mature. Juvenile smooth bark may still be present in big trees.
Foliage Leaves are elliptic to lanceolate (2.5 – 6 cm long and 1.3 - 2.8 cm wide), leathery and have 12 faint pairs of secondary veins. Midrib is sunken on the upper surface and sparsely covered with hairs. Leaf base is broadly cuneate, acumen is up to 1 cm long while petiole is 0.4 - 0.6 cm long. Stipule falls off early, leaving an inconspicuous stipular scar.
Flowers Inflorescence occurs at the axillary or terminal ends (up 3 cm long). Inflorescence is singly branches, and bears up to 4 secund flowers each. Flower is small (3 mm long and 1.5 mm wide), cream coloured with 15 stamens.
Fruits Fruit has 2 wing-like calyx lobes (30 mm long and 6 mm wide) and 3 shorter wings (3 mm long and 2 mm wide). Nut is ovoid and small (5 mm long and 4 mm wide) with a very short tip.
Habitat It is found in well drained flat land and low hills.

Landscaping Features

Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 3.0 (Tree - Intermediate Canopy)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Cream / Off-White
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence

Image Repository



Master ID 1667
Species ID 2960
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Species record last updated on: 18 February 2022.