Project Description

15 March 2012 (Thursday) – Kayu arang or Diospyros terengganuensis shared the same genus as persimmons, Diospyros kaki. This particular species originated from Terengganu and belongs to the family Ebenaceae. The dark colour of the trunk earned the name of the local ebony. The attractive red flushes of the new leaves can currently be observed on this tree, which is located in front of B3 building, beginning in the middle of February 2012. This rare species is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia and is only found scaterred in the lowland and hill forest of Terengganu.

D. terengganuensis flushes its reddish young leaves starting from the last week of March 2013. Picture by Yusni I.

D. terengganuensis flushes its reddish young leaves starting from the last week of March 2013. Picture by Yusni I.

Kayu arang is located in front of B3 building.

Kayu arang is located in front of B3 building.

New flushes are reddish and shiny, but velvety when young.

New flushes are reddish and shiny, but velvety when young.