Results of DNA analysis in various studies (see, for example, R.B. Figlar & H.P. Nooteboom, Blumea 49: 87-100. 2004) have supported the concept that the various genera comprising the subfamily Magnolioideae would be more consistently treated as a single genus, Magnolia. This is the treatment followed here, though it is still not universally accepted[
Elmerrillia celebica (Koord.) Dandy
Elmerrillia mollis Dandy
Elmerrillia papuana (Schltr.) Dandy
Elmerrillia sericea C.T.White
Elmerrillia tsiampacca (L.) Dandy
Michelia arfakiana A.Agostini
Michelia caerulea DC.
Michelia celebica Koord.
Michelia forbesii Baker f.
Michelia mollis (Dandy) McLaughlin
Michelia tsiampacca L.
Talauma papuana Schltr.
Magnolia tsiampacca is an evergreen tree with a large, spreading crown that can grow up to 60 metres tall[
]. The cylindrical bole can be crooked or straight, around 100 - 150cm in diameter and free of branches for the first 14 - 20 metres[
]. It occasionally has buttresses up to 50cm high[
A tree yields a high quality timber, and is commonly exploited from the wild. The wood is exported.
Southeast Asia - Indonesia to New Guinea.
An emergent or canopy tree in lowland to submontane rainforest, and occasionally in areas of secondary forest[
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The heartwood is pale brown, clearly defined from the straw-coloured sapwood, it has a persistent, spicy smell[
]. The wood is close-grained, durable, strong and easily worked[
]. It is used for making high grade furniture, house construction, boat building etc[
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