The broadly ovate leaves of
ton phluang, a deciduous tree with the
botanical name Dipterocarpus tuberculatus (fig.), have a blunt tip and a rounded or
heart-shaped base, and are somewhat reminiscent to those of the
The large leaves are widely used as a wrapper for foodstuffs as well as to
thatch roofs of bamboo huts and dwellings, especially in the area of
Mae Hong Son, where it grows abundantly.