Dracontomelon costatum is a tree that can grow up to 44 metres tall. The bole can be up to 115cm in diameter, occasionally with buttresses that can be up to 5 metres high and 2 metres wide[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, and probably also for its wood.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
An upper canopy tree of undisturbed forests, rarely in swamps, mostly along rivers, hillsides and ridges, most commonly on sandy soils, but also found on limestone; at elevations up to 700 metres[
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Fruit. The reddish-purple, fleshy drupe is around 24mm long[
We do not have any specific information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood from plants in this genus:-
The heartwood varies from light brown, grayish, greenish-yellow to reddish-brown, often with irregular dark brown to nearly black banding; the wide band of sapwood is pinkish, or grayish. The texture is moderately fine to coarse; the grain straight to interlocked and irregular, with a decorative figure if quarter cut; the wood is lustrous; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The heartwood is not durable and is not resistant to termite attack. The wood is easy to work; glues satisfactorily; takes a good finish and polish; veneers well. It is used for purposes such as furniture and cabinetwork, paneling, decorative veneers (walnut-like in appearance), gunstocks, flooring, joinery[
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