Falcatifolium angustum is an evergreen tree growing up to 20 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 6 - 25cm in diameter[
The wood of this species is probably harvested from the wild along with other, related species and traded collectively as 'sempilor' timber[
Although this species is only known from two locations, both in protected areas, it is unlikely that it is/was restricted to these. Habitat degradation, conversion to oil palm plantations and illegal cutting of trees in one of the reserves all contribute to a potential future decline and an unknown rate of past decline is inferred from these circumstances. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia (Sarawak)
A canopy tree in Kerangas forest - a type of moist, heath forest found on acidic, sandy soils that are low in nutrients, especially nitrogen; at elevations from 90 - 240 metres[
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Although no uses have been recorded of this rare species, its timber, like that of other Podocarps, is likely to be useful for construction[
The wood of various species of Falcatifolium is traded as 'sempilor' timber. We do not have a specific description for the wood of this species, but the generic description of sempilor timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is buff in colour, sometimes with a pink tinge or golden brown; it is not differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is very fine and even; the grain straight. The wood is reputed to be weak; it is light to moderately heavy in weight; it is not durable and is subject to drywood termite attacks. It seasons well without serious degrade; shrinkage is very high; a slight to moderate twisting may occasionally occur. The wood works very easily; it produces a smooth and somewhat lustrous surface; gluing, nailing and peeling properties are satisfactory. A softwood, it should be suitable for decorative works and can be used for panelling, partitioning, veneers, plywood, joinery and furniture making[
The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long[
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