Durio griffithii (Mast.) Bakh., Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg 6 (1924)

Named after W. Griffith [1810-1845], an English physician who collected many plants.

Emergent tree up to 60 m tall and 93 cm dbh. Stipules present, but dropped early. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, lower surface whitish and covered with hairs instead of scales. Flowers ca. 15 mm in diameter, white-pinkish, with 2-lobed epi-calyx, placed solitary or in small clusters on the twigs below the leaves. Fruits ca. 75 mm long, reddish, capsule with long spines, black seeds partly covered by orange, non-edible aril.

In mixed dipterocarp forests up to 500 m altitude. Along rivers and on hillsides, usually on sandy soils, but also on limestone. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Timber is used but is not very durable.

Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, West-, Central- and East-Kalimantan).

Local names
Borneo: Durian burong, Durian monyet, Durian mungit, Lai kuju, Resak ai.