Dactylocladus stenostachys is a tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be up to 150cm in diameter. Masses of small, adventitious roots often develop at the base of big trees, whilst yellowish pneumatophores (aerial roots) also appear at the base or around the tree[
The tree is one of the most important commercial timbers in Borneo, where it is commonly harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and traded internationally.
The wood of this tree is said to produce irritant effects in woodworkers[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia (all restricted to the island of Borneo).
A common and dominant constituent of fresh water peat swamp forests[
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Plants can flower and produce fruit all year round[
The heartwood is yellowish to light brown when first harvested, darkening to pink-brown or red-brown upon exposure; it is not clearly differentiated from the yellow to white sapwood. The texture is fine and even; the grain straight or slightly interlocking; there is no distinct odour or taste. The wood is moderately hard, moderately heavy, not durable when exposed to the elements or in the ground. It is easy to season, with little or no degrade. It is easy to work, producing a smooth and lustrous surface. It is suitable for weatherboarding, flooring, partitioning, utility furniture, concrete shuttering and veneers[
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