Artocarpus sericarpus, Peluntan, Pedalai, Gumihan or Hairy Terap

Artocarpus sericarpus, the peluntan, pedalai, gumihan or terap bulu, is a tropical evergreen tree species of the family Moraceae. It is the cousin of jackfruit and breadfruit.

The tree is native to Borneo, the Philippines, the Maluku Islands and Sulawesi, and is most commonly found in humid tropics with a mild monsoon climate, occurring in tropical evergreen forests at 500–1,000 meters (1,600–3,300 ft) elevation. It is also occasionally found in steep, clayey hillsides of inland areas. The discovery date is not clear as it is listed as 1959 in one book and 1961 in the other.

Artocarpus sericarpus, Peluntan, Pedalai, Gumihan or Hairy Terap

It is a very large rainforest tree to 40 m (120 ft). Similar to the marang fruit (Artocarpus odoratissimus), the pulp of the fruit is edible and considered very tasty but A. sericicarpus does not have strong odor of the marang. The seeds are also edible, people normally boil or roast them and consume them like peanuts. Artocarpus sericicarpus measures up to 30–40 m (100–130 ft), stipule are lanceolate and measure at 6–12 centimetres (2–5 in) and its dark green leaves are elliptic and ovate and measure at 20–70 cm (8 –28 in) by 10–50 cm (4–20 in). The tree’s bark is also used to make barkcloth.

The fruit is hairy, and looks like a giant rambutan. When the globular fruits (15 cm (6 in) diameter) are ripe, the skins are bright orange, covered with hair. The pulp is white in color and tastes very sweet. Some say the Pedal fruit is the tastiest of all Artocarpus.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(without taxon): Angiosperms
(without taxon): Eudicot
(without taxon): Rosidae
Order: Rosales
Family: Moraceae
Genus: Artocarpus
Species: A. sericicarpus
binomial name
Artocarpus sericicarpus

Artocarpus sericarpus, Peluntan, Pedalai, Gumihan or Hairy Terap

Peluntan (Artocarpus sericicarpus) is a type of tropical permanent evergreen tree from the fig tree family (Moraceae). This plant is a cousin of jackfruit and breadfruit. Peluntan is also known by several other names such as Pedalai (Sarawak), Terap Bulu (Sabah), Gumihan (Luzon), and Tugup (Mindanao). Peluntan tree is endemic to Kalimantan, the Philippine Islands, Sulawesi, and Maluku, and is generally found in humid tropical forest areas with a temperate monsoon climate at an altitude of 500-1,000 meters. Weaving trees are also sometimes found on steep, loamy slopes in the interior. This plant was discovered between 1959 or 1961.

The driftwood tree can grow to 40 meters (120 feet). Just like the terap fruit (Artocarpus odoratissimus), the pulp of the pulp is edible and very tasty, but the pulp does not have a strong odor like terap. The seeds can also be eaten by boiling and roasting, then eaten like nuts. The supporting leaf is shaped like the tip of a pole and measures 6-12 cm. The leaves are dark green, oval or ovoid, 20–70 cm long and 10–50 cm wide. The bark is colored between gray or brown and can be used to make wood crafts.

Peluntan fruit has feathers and looks like a giant rambutan. When the fruit is ripe (ball-shaped with a diameter of ±15 cm), the skin will be orange, covered with feathers. The flesh is white and tastes very sweet.

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