A native of Singapore. Common and fast growing tree of our secondary forests. The mature tree is fairly easy to identify from the bark which is covered in small lenticles giving it a unique "bubbly" texture. L elliptica has a monopodal habit that is most evident in younger trees, and not as obvious for mature trees.
Flowering occurs along the branches and behind the leaves and may easily go unnoticed by the casual observer. The first indication of flowering is the appearance of the yellow fluffy flowers on the forest floor. Once the flowers are observed on the ground, observation through binoculars into the crown will reveal a spectacular flash of yellow along the branches.