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Vatica lobata


Vatica lobata Foxw.

Family Name: Dipterocarpaceae
Common Name: Resak Paya


Family Name
Genus Epithet
Species Epithet
Name Authority
Name Status (botanical)
Common Names

Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 20 m


Native Distribution Peninsular Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Non-native

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Small tree, bark pale brown to grey and sometimes flaky.
Foliage Green obovate to elliptic-lanceolate leaves, alternate arrangement, thinly coriaceous, measuring about 7 - 24 cm long and 2 - 9.5 cm wide, petiole about 8 - 12 mm long.
Flowers White to cream flowers borne on axillary and terminal panicle inflorescence up to 5 cm long.
Fruit Fruit is a brown ovoid nut.
Others - Plant Morphology Listed as Critically Endangered based on the 2011 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Etymology Genus Vatica is from the Latin word"vates" which means "a foreteller or prophet". Species lobata means with lobes.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Ornamental Fruits
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Pollination Method(s) Biotic (Fauna)
Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils
Propagation Method Seed


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage (Obovate, Lanceolate, Elliptical)

Floral (Angiosperm)

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

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Master ID 30507
Species ID 4816
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Species record last updated on: 16 February 2024.