Anisoptera curtisii is a large tree. The long bole is buttressed[
The tree is commonly harvested from the wild for its wood, which is a source of the timber 'mersawa' and is traded internationally.
The plant is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia.
Mixed dipterocarp forest on well drained, periodically dry soils, mainly on coastal hills and inland ridges; at elevations up to 70 metres[
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The wood is a source of the timber 'Mersawa'. We do not have any more specific information on this species, but the general description of mersawa is as follows:-
The heartwood is orange-yellow, darkening to golden brown with whitish resin veins present; it is not clearly demarcated from the 5 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight or interlocked. The wood is of light to moderate weight; it can be soft to fairly hard; somewhat durable being fairly resistant to termites but susceptible to fungi and dry wood borers. It seasons slowly with only a slight risk of distortion or checking; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. The wood contains silica and has a high blunting effect - stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; there is a tendency to tearing on quartersawn timber; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood has a range of uses including flooring, boxes and crates, interior panelling and joinery, turnery, veneer[
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