Falcatifolium gruezoi is an evergreen tree growing 4 - 12 metres tall.
Larger specimens of this tree are probably harvested from the wild for their wood, which is traded along with several related species as 'sempilor' timber[
Falcatifolium gruezoi is under-collected and poorly known. Its altitudinal range and known habitat preferences make it likely that it will have been affected to some degree by logging and deforestation at least in the Philippines. The extent of the decline is unknown. The plant is classified as 'Near Threatened' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Philippines, Indonesia (Maluku, Sulawesi)
Exposed ridges and forest margins; at elevations from 1,200 - 1,800 metres[
|Conservation Status||Near Threatened
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No commercial uses have been recorded for this species, but any larger specimens are likely to be logged for timber[
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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