Vatica obscura is a large, evergreen tree.
The tree has been harvested for its wood and resin, which are used locally.
Regeneration is reported to be good, however this species was not recorded during the extensive forest surveys conducted between 1991 and 1996, suggesting that it is either extremely rare or possibly extinct. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
E. Asia - Sri Lanka.
Found mainly along river banks in lowland semi-evergreen forest[
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An odorous, sticky gum-resin is obtained from the tree. It is used as an illuminant[
The brown wood is hard and heavy[
We have no more information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus;-
The heartwood is yellowish when fresh, turning light to deep red-brown upon exposure; it is generally not sharply demarcated from the lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is rather fine and even; the grain straight or shallowly interlocked; not lustrous; there is no distinctive taste or odour when dry. The heartwood, particularly that of the denser species, is rated as durable to very durable; with a good resistance to termites. It is generally reported to air season slowly, but with some warp and checking. Philippine species are reported to dry well with little degrade. The wood is said to be difficult to saw because of clogging due to gummy resins, otherwise it machines well to a smooth finish; turns well. The wood is used for purposes such as turnery, heavy construction, mining timbers, railroad crossties, boat construction; it is also suggested for flooring, interior joinery, and cabinetwork[
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