Podocarpus cumingii Parl.
Nageia cumingii (Parl.) Kuntze
Podocarpus imbricatus cumingii (Parl.) Pilg.
Bracteocarpus cumingii (Parl.) A.V.Bobrov & Melikyan
Dacrycarpus cumingii is an evergreen tree that can grow from 8 - 25 metres tall. The bole can be 18 - 75cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is traded, mainly locally
Logging and deforestation are very likely to have reduced the area of occupancy and abundance of this species where it occurred at lower altitudes, though data are unavailable to estimate the extent of this decline. Mostly, it occurs at elevations and in forest types which have been less affected, therefore the decline probably does not not exceed 20% over the past three generations. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines
Mainly found in mossy forest, extending almost to the tree line; at elevations from 1,600 - 3,300 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
|Other Uses Rating||
Dacrycarpus cumingii is found at moderate to high elevations in the tropics of southeast Asia.. The climate is cool and wet and fog is shrouding the mountains much of the time[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required[
This species can grow to a tall forest tree and such specimens yield valuable timber. The uses of its wood in Borneo are assumed to be similar to that of Dacrycarpus imbricatus where it is available in low quantities, e.g. construction for local houses, furniture and tool making. In the Philippines where Dacrycarpus cumingii is (or was) more common it is an important source of face veneer[
The wood from the various species of Dacrycarpus is very similar and is generally lumped together as 'podocarpus wood'.. The only description we have is for Dacrycarpus imbricatus, which is as follows:-
The wood is fine-grained, resistant to termites and insects, easy to work[
]. Of moderate quality, it is used for construction, furniture making, boxes, plywood and construction timber[
The aril surrounding the seed possibly contains germination inhibitors, and so should be removed from the seed as soon as possible[
]. Sow the seed in light shade in a nursery seedbed. Germination can take from 2 - 13 weeks[
Rooting of cuttings can be done from coppice material. In a test 7 - 10cm long cuttings were root dipped in ABT. After 3 months 80% of the cuttings had rooted successfully[
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