Knema laurina is an evergreen shrub or tree, usually growing from 3 - 20 metres tall with some specimens reported to reach 30 metres[
The tree is harvested for its wood, which is used locally.
Southeast Asia - peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Primary and degraded rain forest; mixed dipterocarp forest; growing on a variety of soils: sand, sandstone, sandy ridges, granitic sand, basalt-derived soils, black soil, yellow clayey soil, and shales; from sea level to 1,000 metres[
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A tree of moist, tropical lowlands, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
Succeeds on a wide range of soils in the wild[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The wood is used for light or temporary construction, house building, flooring, boat building, interior trim, wall panelling, packing cases[
Seed - dries out easily, loses its viability rapidly, and cannot be stored. It is best sown in a shaded position in a nursery seedbed - germination is usually fairly quick with the seed of most species sprouting within 2 - 17 weeks[
]. Grow the young plants on in a shady position, planting them out in their permanent positions when large enough.
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