Dialium dewittei Steenis
Dialium silvestre de Wit
Dialium trifoliolatum de Wit
Dialium kunstleri is a tree growing up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber and edible fruit.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia
A canopy tree in primary lowland forest, found on hillsides and ridges with sandy to clay soils, at elevations up to 250 metres[
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This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
]. The fruit is a blue-black, fleshy, glabrous seedpod about 32mm in diameter, filled with an edible pulp[
This tree is one of several species yielding a timber known as 'Keranji'[
]. The general description of this wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is golden-brown or red-brown; clearly demarcated from the white to yellowish sapwood. The texture is fine to moderately coarse and even; the grain interlocked or wavy[
]. The wood is heavy; moderately durable but the sapwood is susceptible to insect and fungal attack. It can be easy to very difficult to resaw and cross-cut depending on the species; planing is easy to slightly difficult, and the planed surface is moderately smooth; nailing property is good[
]. The wood is suitable for heavy construction, flooring, handles for striking tools and batons[
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