Agathis motleyi (Parl.) Warb.
Dammara motleyi Parl.
Decussocarpus motleyi (Parl.) de Laub.
Podocarpus beccarii Parl.
Podocarpus motleyi (Parl.) Dummer
Nageia motleyi is an evergreen tree growing up to 54 metres tall. The bole is straight[
Like many other tropical Podocarps, this species produces a valuable timber that is used for construction, plywood, veneer and furniture
As this species is predominantly found in lowland tropical rainforest, its area of occupancy has been substantially reduced over the last three decades due to logging and the conversion of forest to agriculture, especially palm oil production. In many areas at least 50% of the tropical rainforest has been converted and this trend is continuing. The species is relatively rare within its range and is declining. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Lowland forest, usually on dry soils but also recorded from peat swamps; at elevations up to 500 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms must be grown if seed is required[
A valuable timber, it is used for construction, plywood, veneer and furniture[
This species is one of several that are traded collectively under the name 'podo'. The general description of podo wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is light yellow with a greenish tinge or light golden brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is very fine and even; the grain is straight. The wood can vary considerably in hardness and density; it is fairly strong; non-durable under exposed conditions. It seasons well without serious degrade. It is easy to work with hand and machine tools; planed surfaces are smooth and lustrous. The wood is suitable for many decorative purposes, interior finishings, panelling, high class furniture and cabinets, fancy plywood and flooring[
Seed - can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out when large enough.
Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long in a frame[
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