Goniothalamus velutinus is a small tree growing up to 6 metres tall[
The plant has a high reputation for warding of snakes and other harmful creatures. It is commonly harvested from the wild and sold for such use in local markets[
Southeast Asia - Borneo.
Mixed dipterocarp forest, where it is common on upper slopes and ridges[
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Sticks of this tree have a long reputation for warding off snakes, and they are traded for such purpose in Peninsular Malaysia[
]. Sticks are often placed in field borders to ward off bad spirits and dangerous animals[
Smoke from the burning twigs is used to repel mosquitos, snakes and other wild animals[
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