Maniltoa vestita is an evergreen tree that can grow 18 - 20 metres tall[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally.
Maniltoa vestita is endemic to Fiji. It is common and more widespread on the larger islands, however, these same islands are currently undergoing much development and logging and mining activities, especially in Vanua Levu, and the species should be monitored. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Pacific - Fiji.
Dense and thin forests on rocky slopes; at elevations from 200 - 500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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A useful timber[
]. We have no more information for this species, but a general description for the wood obtained from this genus is as follows:-
The heartwood is brown or red-brown, sometimes with a golden lustre; it is distinct, but becoming indistinct from the straw-coloured or yellow-white sapwood, which turns grey-brown or brown upon exposure. The grain is straight or slightly interlocked; the texture moderately fine to moderately coarse; growth rings are indistinct. The wood is medium to heavy in weight; moderately hard to hard; fairly strong; moderately durable, but not suitable for use in contact with the ground. The heartwood is resistant to pressure impregnation and the sapwood is susceptible to Lyctus borers[
The wood is used for general construction, furniture, joinery, flooring, cladding, panelling, decking, lining, turnery, sliced veneer, tool handles and truck bodies[
The wood is used for fuel and makes good charcoal[
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