Swintonia spicifera is an evergreen tree; it usually grows up to 36 metres tall, occasionally reaching 54 metres. The bole can be 80 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood, which is also traded in small amounts[
The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Lowland forests, at elevations up to 500 metres[
|Conservation Status||Least Concern
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The heartwood is a light brown, with or without pink to reddish-brown glints; it is not clearly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight, sometimes wavy; the surface lustrous. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; elastic; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood generally works well with ordinary tools, though it can sometimes be difficult to saw due to the presence of tension wood, and sometimes silica is present; Nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for purposes such as light carpentry, furniture components, boxes and crates, matches, interior panelling and joinery, blockboard, plywood etc[
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