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Vatica odorata subsp. odorata


Vatica odorata (Griff). Symington subsp. odorata

Family Name: Dipterocarpaceae


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Growth Form Tree
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Indochina, Thailand, southern China, Laos, Vietnam, Peninsular Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical
Local Conservation Status Native to Singapore (Critically Endangered (CR))

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Large tree, able to grow up to about 30 - 40 m tall.
Trunk Smooth and greyish bark, has white resinous exudate when injured.
Foliage Green narrowly elliptic to ovate leaves, simple and alternate arrangement, thinly coriaceous, margins entire, measuring about 8 - 16 cm long and 3 - 7.5 cm wide, stipule oblong and obtuse about 8 mm long and 2 mm wide.
Flowers Cream fragrant yellow flowers borne on axillary and terminal panicle inflorescence up to 7 cm long, petals contorted, pedicel and peduncle densely hairy, calyx tomentose and pale brown.
Fruit Fruit is reddish-green globose to conical winged nut about 8 mm wide, has 2 large wings and 3 smaller wings.
Habitat Can be found in evergreen and open forests, dry ridges in coastal forests.
Etymology Genus Vatica is from the Latin word 'vates' which means 'a foreteller or prophet'. Specific epithet odorata means fragrant or sweet-scented and refers to the fragrant flowers.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Fruits
Landscape Uses Suitable for Roadsides, Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

Seed or Spore Dispersal Abiotic

Plant Care and Propagation

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


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Alternate
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Base Attenuate

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Flower Grouping Cluster / Inflorescence
Flower Location Axillary, Terminal
Inflorescence Type Panicle

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Green, Red
Fruit Classification Simple Fruit

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Master ID 31603
Species ID 6002
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Species record last updated on: 08 February 2024.