Acer cassiifolium Blume
Acer chionophyllum Merr.
Acer curranii Merr.
Acer decandrum Merr.
Acer javanicum Jungh.
Acer macropterum T.Z.Hsu & H.Sun
Acer niveum Blume
Acer philippinum Merr.
Acer pinnatinervium Merr.
Acer laurifnum is an evergreen tree with a dense crown; it usually grows up to 40 metres tall, though specimens to 48 metres have been reported. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 28 metres and up to 110cm in diameter, with buttresses up to 2 metres high[
The white undersides to the leaves provides an attractive ornamental attribute to the species[
E. Asia - southern China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Scattered in primary, or occasionally secondary, hill or montane forest at elevations up to 2,550 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Acer laurinum is the only true tropical maple, growing in the moist tropics where it can be found at elevations up to 2,550 metres. It is found in areas with a distinct dry season, as well as in areas with a year-round rainfall[
Requires a position with some shade from the sun[
]. Plants are usually found in the wild on soils of relatively high nutrient status[
Plants can be monoecious or dioecious. Dioecious forms will need both male and female plants if seed is to be produced[
Utilisation of the timber is very limited due to its scarcity and the absence of heartwood. It is used domestically and ocassionally the species is used for furniture and musical instruments[
]. The wood has been used for construction, especially in mountainous areas, and it is suitable for purposes such as making boxes, crates and walking sticks. The occasional presence of 'bird's-eye grain' makes it suitable for furniture making, cabinet work and musical instruments[
Conversion of the wood should be done rapidly after harvest to avoid serious discolouration from mould and sap-stain fungi[
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