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Hopea wightiana


Hopea wightiana

Family Name: Dipterocarpaceae


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Status (botanical)

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution South Canara (India)
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a large tree with brownish bark.
Foliage Leaf is egg-shaped (oblong – lanceolate), about 20 cm long and 7.5 cm wide, with 6 – 12 pairs of lateral veins.
Flowers Flowers cluster together at the axillary position, in groups of 1 - 6. Flowering stalk is smooth and the petals are hairy.
Fruits Fruit has 2 large wings and 3 small wings with an ovoid nut, and ripens reddish brown.
Habitat It is found in evergreen forests.  
Ethnobotanical Uses [Others]: Wood is high quality and harvested for timber.

Landscaping Features

Plant & Rootzone Preference - Tolerance Well-Drained Soils
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)

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Master ID 1669
Species ID 2962
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Species record last updated on: 18 February 2022.