Fagraea belukar is a tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylincrical bole is fluted, it can be 60cm or more in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is known in the trade as 'Tembusu' and is traded[
Southeast Asia - endemic to the island of Borneo, where it is found in all districts.
Lowland secondary forests, open sites and forest gaps[
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The latex found under the skin of the fruits is often used as an adhesive[
Apparently a durable wood, it is used for housing and bridge construction[
We have no more information on the wood for this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus:-
The heartwood is yellowish-brown to light brown, darkening upon exposure to a deep golden- or orange-brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the generally lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is variable, from fine to somewhat coarse; the grain is straight to irregular; the wood is lustrous; it has a distinct aromatic and somewhat acid odour when freshly cut, but this does not persist upon seasoning. The heartwood is reported to be very durable in ground contact and very resistant to termite attack; resistance to marine borer attack is questionable. It is reported to season slowly, otherwise it dries with little or no degrade. In Fiji quartersawing is suggested to minimize surface checking. Considering the high density, the wood is easy to saw and machine; it takes a good finish; some species are rather abrasive, however, and dull cutting edges; it is a good carving timber and turns well. The wood is used for purposes such as heavy construction, flooring, turnery, carvings, printing dies, specialty items (such as rulers, T-squares, straight edges), railroad crossties, boat construction[
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