Sunaptea odorata Griff.
Vatica fleuryana Tardieu
Vatica tonkinensis A.Chev.
Vatica odorata is a large, slow-growing, evergreen tree that can reach a height of up to 40 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 1 metre in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its valuable timber.
E. Asia - southern China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Primary forests at elevations of 300 - 900 metres[
]. Evergreen and semi-evergreen forests on sandy soil or on old alluvial soil and in open forest as well[
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Young trees grow well in shade, but become light-demanding as they grow larger[
Although slow growing, the tree is suitable for reforestation projects on (sandy) clay and sloping hill sides[
The heartwood is brown; the sapwood greyish-white. The wood is hard and heavy, resistant to termites and insects[
]. A valuable timber, it is much used in construction, making sleepers, bridges, ferry boats, and planks[
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[
Natural regeneration is very prolific under a forest cover of 70 - 90%[
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