Dillenia mindanaensis Elmer
Wormia megalantha Gilg & Werderm.
Dillenia megalantha is an evergreen tree growing 20 - 40 metres tall[
]. The bole can be about 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood. The wood is also exploited commercially.
The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
Primary forests at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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Fruit - an acid flavour[
]. Used for preserves[
]. Fleshy and juicy[
]. The green, berry-like, globose fruit is 5 - 7.5cm in diameter[
]. Used in preserves[
A commercial source of timber[
We do not have any more specific information on this species, but the following is a general description of the wood in this genus:-
Excepting for a wide range of colour, from light brick red to very dark reddish brown, the wood of all the Philippine species of Dillenia is practically identical in general appearance as well as in structure, and is known in the Philippine market as catmon.
The heartwood is light brick red to dark reddish brown; it is not sharply demarcated from the pale red sapwood. The texture is rather coarse in appearance; the grain sometimes fairly straight, but generally very curly and twisted, hence difficult to split; somewhat lustrous; without distinctive odour or taste. The wood is hard; heavy, somewhat durable and is not attacked by beetles. It seasons well, checking and warping very little. It is difficult to saw, the very fine sawdust tends to clog the saw, but is otherwise fairly easy to work. It can be used for posts above stumps; beams, joists, rafters; flooring; sheathing and ceiling; furniture and cabinetwork; musical instruments; paving blocks and mine timbers (impregnated). A wood that, on account of its unusual flake grain, should be much more used for cabinetwork and would make a most beautiful veneer[
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