Helicia petiolaris is a shrub or a small tree, usually growing from 4 - 12 metres tall but occasionally reaching 20 metres. The bole can be up to 45cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia (Kalimantan).
Rainforests, at elevations up to 2,100 metres[
]. Scattered in lowland mixed dipterocarp and kerangas forest, growing on leached acid yellow sandy soils and locally abundant in lower montane forests on sandstone ridges at elevations to 2,100 metres[
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The plant is often found in the wild in Kerangas forest - a type of moist, heath forest found on acidic, sandy soils that are low in nutrients, especially nitrogen[
Thw wood is very heavy and hard[
]. Not very durable[
]. It is used in house building, but it is not of high quality[
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