Characteristics of Walikukun Tree (Schoutenia ovata) in the Wild

Schoutenia ovata
The walikukun is a tree species belonging to the Tiliaceae tribe. It is commonly found in secondary forests in Java and eastern Indonesia.

The walikukun tree is known by many local names such as Harikukun, Lanji, Kokon, Wal├Ękokon, Daeng Nieo, Daeng Samae, Daeng Saeng, Popel Thuge, East Indian Wood, and Ach-sat.

This tree can be used for wood as tool handles, spears, and firewood. While the bark can be used for ropes because of its similar texture to Sea Hibiscus bark.

In many areas, especially in Java, the walikukun tree has a myth that is quite believed, namely the tree can protect the house from mystical/demonic disturbances by planting it in the corners of the house yard.

 

Characteristics of Walikukun Leaf

Schoutenia ovata Leaf
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The leaves of walikukun are alternating, ovate or oblong, 13-17 long and 5-8 cm wide, downy, green on top, and reddish-brown on the bottom.

 

Characteristics ofWalikukun Flower

Schoutenia ovata Flower
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The flowers are yellowish-white and arranged in bunches.

 

Characteristics of Walikukun Fruit

The fruit is small, about 6 mm in size, and has a single seed.

 

Characteristics of Walikukun Tree

Schoutenia ovata Tree
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Walikukun can grow into medium-sized trees with a maximum height of 20 meters in their wild habitat. However, if maintained in an area that is not suitable for its original conditions, this tree may grow to less than 15 meters.

Walikukun wood is reddish-brown to dark brown and is considered good wood because of its characteristics that are heavy, hard, dense, smooth, and not easily broken. Due to its excellent ductility and durability, walikukun wood is also widely used as a bearing for railroad tracks, cartwheels, poles, fences, and tool handles.

 

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