Durio kutejensis (Hassk.) Becc.

Durio kutejensis (Hassk.) Becc.




Lahia kutejensis Hassk.

Vernacular Names

Malaysia Durian merah (Sabah), rian isu (Iban, Sarawak).
Indonesia Lai, sekawi (Dayak, Kalimantan), durian tinggang (Malay, Kalimantan).
Brunei Durian kuning.

Geographical Distributions

Durio kutejensis is distributed in Borneo (Kalimantan, Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah); often cultivated elsewhere in Malesia (e.g. Java) for the fruits or as an ornamental tree.



D. kutejensis is a small to medium-sized tree that can reach up to measure 30 m tall, with branchless bole up to measure 12 m and up to measure 40 cm in diametre which is having low and rounded buttresses. The bark surface is initially smooth and hoop-marked but later rather rough and flaky. It is grey to reddish-brown in colour .

The leaves are elliptical-oblong in shape, with a size of measuring (10-)20-33 cm x (3-)6-12 cm and densely pale golden-brown scaly below.

The flowers are in irregular racemes on the older branches. The red petals are up to measure 90 mm long. The stamens are free and opened by a slit.

The fruit is an ovoid or ellipsoid in shape and measure up to 20 cm long where the outside is dirty yellow with pyramidal that often somewhat curved spines.


Ecology / Cultivation

D. kutejensis occurs wild in foothills of central Borneo; in Sarawak, it occurs locally on fertile clay-rich soils on undulating land in mixed dipterocarp forest.


Line Drawing / Photograph



    1. Plant Resources of South-East Asia No. 5 (2): Timber trees: Minor commercial timbers.