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Madhuca penicillata


Madhuca penicillata (King & Gamble) H.J.Lam

Family Name: Sapotaceae


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Tree
Lifespan (in Singapore) Perennial
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic
Maximum Height 35 m


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

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form It is a tree, about 35 m tall with buttresses.
Foliage Leaves are green, elliptic to oblong-elliptic with a slightly pointed leaf tip. They tend to cluster at the ends of twigs.
Fruit Fruit is round to ovoid and finely hairy.
Habitat It is found in rainforest, up to 304 m altitude.
Ethnobotanical Uses Timber & Products: It produces Nyatoh timber, that is prized regionally for furniture, doors, veneers and panelling.

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun, Semi-Shade
Water Preference Moderate Water
Plant Growth Rate Moderate

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Master ID 34303
Species ID 8716
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Species record last updated on: 31 March 2023.

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