Baccaurea purpurea is a tree with a dense crown growing 6 - 8 metres tall. The unbuttressed bole can be 6 - 10cm in diameter[
Australasia - New Guinea.
Found at elevations from 240 - 400 metres[
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Plants grow wild in thin soils over limestone[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
Although we have no specific record of edibility for this species, the fruits of all members of this genus are said to be edible, with a flavour that can be acid to sweet[
]. The globose fruits are up to 19mm in diameter[
We have no specific information on this species, but the bark of several members of this genus is used to relieve eye inflammation[
In common with other trees that produce their flowers and fruits on the trunk of the tree, members of this genus are generally considered to be good support trees for the climbing rattan palms, which are grown to provide material for basket making, weaving into furniture, making ropes etc[
We have no specific information for this species, but the bark of several members of this genus is used, along with other ingredients, as a dyestuff to colour silk yellow, red or mauve, using the dyeing process known as 'pekan' in Malay[
Although we have no specific information for this species, most members of this genus produce an excellent timber, which can be used to build houses and boats and to make furniture[
Seed - when sown fresh it usually germinates in a few days[
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