Dalbergia lanceolaria Moon
Dalbergia mooniana Thwaites
Derris ponapensis Hosok.
Ormosia villamilii Merr.
Pericopsis ponapensis (Hosok.) Hosok.
Common Name: Nandu Wood
Nandu wood is a medium-sized to tall tree, growing up to 40 metres tall[
]. It has a straight or twisted bole, up to 80 - 100cm in diameter, that can be branchless for up to half of the tree's height[
The tree has been heavily exploited for its beautiful timber, which is in great demand and realises high prices. Supplies are limited and trade and export are minimal.
The tree is threatened further by poor natural regeneration and lack of replanting[
]. Very few stands remain in Sulawesi, it is thought to be almost extinct in Sabah, and it is considered to be rare or vulnerable in Peninsular Malaysia, Kalimantan and Sri Lanka[
]. In Papua New Guinea, this species is restricted to the heavily logged Oriomo River in the Western Province, where it is possibly now extinct[
]. The tree is listed as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009)[
E. Asia - Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea.
Mainly found scattered in coastal forests, but can also be found along river banks, and in periodically inundated lowland semi-deciduous or evergreen forest up to elevations of 200, occasionally 350 metres[
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A plant of the lowland, moist tropics, where it is found at elevations up to 350 metres[
]. It grows best in areas where the mean annual temperature is within the range 26 - 34°c, though it can tolerate 20 - 38°c[
]. It prefers a mean annual rainfall in the range 1,000 - 1,700mm, but tolerates 750 - 2,000mm[418[,
Prefers a sunny position in a light to medium soil[
]. Prefers a pH in the range 6.5 - 7, but can tolerate 6 - 7.5[
The handsome wood is brown with dark shades[
]. It is moderately heavy and hard[
]. The wood is eagerly sought after for furniture, cabinet making, panelling, parquet flooring, sliced veneer and turnery[
]. It is also suitable for heavy construction purposes and it is used in ship building, for bridges, door and window frames, vehicle bodies and in fresh water engineering[
Seed - germination is usually good[
Stem cuttings - easy[
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