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Durio kutejensis


Durio kutejensis (Hassk.) Becc.

Family Name: Malvaceae
Common Name: Durian Tinggang, Durian Kuning, Lai


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
Plant Growth Form Tree (Medium (16m-30m))
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Borneo
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form A medium sized tree up to 25 m tall.
Foliage The alternately arranged leaves are elliptical-oblong, measuring about 20-33 cm long and 6-12 cm wide, with obtuse bases and mucronate tips. Adaxial (upper) surface of the leaf is green and smooth, and abaxial (lower) surface is pale silvery-golden.
Flowers Flowers are pinkish-red, about 6.6 cm in diameter.
Fruit The mature fruits are dirty yellow colored, ovoid to ellipsoid, up to 20 cm by 12 cm, coated with a hard and thorny husk. The seeds are ellipsoid and brown, enclosed in yellow and sweet-smelling arils.
Habitat In mixed dipterocarp forests, found in foothills of the mountains, on clay-rich soils.
Cultivation Plants do well in drained, fertile clay soils.
Etymology Latin Durio, from the Malay name durian. 
Ethnobotanical Uses Edible Plant Parts : Edible Fruits
Food (Fruit or Vegetable): The flesh surrounding the seeds can be consumed fresh or made into desserts.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Fruits
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens
Thematic Landscaping Economic Garden
Usage Hazard - Cons Spines/Thorns - Fruit

Fauna, Pollination and Dispersal

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

Plant Care and Propagation

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


Foliage Retention Evergreen
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green, Yellow / Golden
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Leathery
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Mature Foliage Colour(s) Remarks Silvery-golden

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red

Fruit, Seed and Spore

Mature Fruit Colour(s) Yellow / Golden
Mature Fruit Texture(s) Thorny / Spiny
Mature Seed Colour(s) Brown

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Master ID 32792
Species ID 7205
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Species record last updated on: 20 August 2021.