Balanocarpus anomalus King
Common Name: Malut
Malut is an evergreen tree growing from 15 - 30 metres tall. The bole can be straight and cylindrical, though is often twisted and gnarled; it can be up to 70 - 80cm in diameter with inconspicuous buttresses[
The tree is a valuable source of timber and resin, being commonly harvested from the wild. A commercially important timber tree, it is commonly traded in isolation from other members of the genus under the name 'malut'[
Overexploitation, and habitat destruction, have lead to this species being classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam.
Mostly found on limestone[
]. A canopy tree in evergreen and semi-evergreen forests of the lowlands, occasionally by streams, sometimes as the dominant species; also common in rocky limestone formations in dry evergreen forest[
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Found in the wild on rocky ridges and slopes, especially on limestone but also on granite and sandstone formations[
]. It prefers an acid to neutral pH[
The trunk contains a yellowish and very aromatic resin[
The heartwood is a dark yellow or brownish yellow to brownish red; it is clearly demarcated from the thin band of lighter coloured sapwood. The wood is fine-grained, very heavy, durable and resistant to the attacks of insects. It splits easily when dry. It is used for heavy construction work, boards, furniture and boat making, etc[
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