Shorea faguetiana

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Shorea faguetiana
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Dipterocarpaceae
Genus: Shorea
S. faguetiana
Binomial name
Shorea faguetiana

Shorea faguetiana (called, along with some other species in the genus Shorea, yellow meranti) is a species of plant in the family Dipterocarpaceae. It is native to Borneo, the Malay Peninsula, and Thailand.[1]

Tallest Shorea faguetiana[edit]

  1. The tallest documented angiosperm is a Shorea faguetiana, which is 100.7 m (330 ft) tall, and is found in the Danum Valley Conservation Area, in Sabah on the island of Borneo.[2] The tree's height is measured from the top of the crown to the lowest part of the buttress.[2] The average between the distance to the lowest part of bole and the distance to the highest part of bole is 97.58 m. The team that measured it has named the tree “Menara”. It is the second tallest species of tree in the world,[3] the tallest known flowering tree and tallest known tropical tree in the world. It is also the tallest tree on the Asian continent. This tree was measured on January 6, 2019.[4][5][6] A team from Oxford University, University College London, and Danum Valley Conservation Area scanned the tree to create a 3D model.
  2. An almost equally tall S. faguetiana, 96.9 m (318 ft), is found in the Tawau Hills National Park, in Sabah on the island of Borneo, located some 24 km (15 mi) from Tawau and about 9.5 km (5.9 mi) from the Park's main station. This tree was discovered on May 28, 2018.[7][8]
  3. Previously, in 2016, the then tallest tropical tree in the world known as "Lahad Datu" was found at the Danum Valley Conservation Area measuring 93.0 m (305.1 ft) with a canopy measuring 40.3 m (132 ft) in diameter. The initial measurement from an aircraft was 94.1 m (309 ft) and the accurate tape drop measurement by a climber 90.8 m (298 ft) to the highest and 95.2 m (312 ft) to the lowest ground level. 93.0 m (305.1 ft) is the average of these figures.[9][10][11]
  4. Also in 2016, a Shorea faguetiana measuring 89.5 m (294 ft) tall was found in an area of forest known as “Sabah’s Lost World” – the Maliau Basin Conservation Area, one of Malaysia's last few untouched wildernesses.[12][13]
  5. For many years, the world's tallest tropical tree had been recognised as a Shorea faguetiana in the Tawau Hills Park with a height of 88.32 m (289.8 ft), a tree which is located 900 m (3,000 ft) from the Park's main station.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Pooma, R.; Newman, M.F.; Barstow, M. (2017). "Shorea faguetiana". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2017: e.T33275A2835825. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T33275A2835825.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b Shenkin, Alexander; Chandler, Christopher; Boyd, Doreen; Jackson, Tobias; bin Jami, Jamiluddin; Disney, Mathias; Majalap, Noreen; Nilus, Reuben; Foody, Giles; Reynolds, Glen; Wilkes, Phil; Cutler, Mark; M. Van Der Heijden, Geertje; Burslem1, David; Coomes, David; Patrick Bentley, Lisa; Malhi, Yadvinder (2019). "The World's Tallest Tropical Tree in Three Dimensions". Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. 2. doi:10.3389/ffgc.2019.00032. ISSN 2624-893X.
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  4. ^ / The world's tallest known tropical tree has been found—and climbed, By Mary Gagen / PUBLISHED April 3, 2019
  5. ^ / The World's Tallest Tropical Tree Is Longer Than a Football Field, By Laura Geggel, Associate Editor | April 6, 2019,
  6. ^ / UK scientists find world's first 100m tall tropical tree in Danum Valley, By Olivia Miwil - April 4, 2019
  7. ^ / World's new tallest tree in Tawau Hills Park, Published on: Sunday, July 15, 2018
  8. ^ / Where the wild things are in the east coast of Sabah, November 21, 2018 Malaysia, Travel, By MELODY L. GOH
  9. ^ "World's tallest tropical tree in Danum Valley". 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-03-14.
  10. ^ Taylor, M.W. "Tallest Tropical Tree Climbed. It's over 300'". Retrieved 2017-03-14. The 93m figure is from the averaged ground level. 95.2 low side and 90.8 high side measurements from a climber deployed tape line.
  11. ^ / World’s tallest tropical tree discovered, along with nearly 50 other record-breakers, by Mike Gaworecki on 10 November 2016
  12. ^ / Minecraft tree “probably” the tallest tree in the Tropics, 08 Jun 2016
  13. ^ / Tropics’ tallest tree found in Malaysia, 12 June 2016