Melanococca tomentosa Blume
Otonvchium retusum Miq.
Rhus retusa Zoll. ex Engl.
Rhus rufa Teijsm. & Binn.
Rhus simarubaefolia A.Gray
Rhus taitensis is a tree growing up to 30 metres tall. The cylindrical bole, which sometimes has buttresses, is up to 70cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild as a source of timber and dyestuff. It has potential for use as a pioneer species when restoring native woodland or establishing woodland gardens[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Papua New Guinea to Australia and the Pacific Islands.
Primary, dryland rain-forest, also in inundated forest along rivers, sometimes in clearings, secondary forest, or savannahs, rarely in forest on ultra-basic rock or on limestone; at elevations from sea-level up to 1,950 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if seed is required.
An important pioneer species, readily invading abandoned garden areas[
A black dye is obtained from the leaves[
]. It is sometimes applied to the hair, and is used for staining the teeth black[
The tree is occasionally logged for its timber[
]. The wood is used locally for making canoes[
]. The wood is used for general construction, wood carving, banana cases etc[
The wood is a favoured ful in the Pacific[
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