Aquilaria apiculata is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 3 metres tall[
The wood of all members of this genus, when infected with a fungus, becomes a source of agarwood, which is very aromatic and highly valued as an incense, perfume and medicine. The plant also provides a useful fibre.
Southeast Asia - Philippines (Mindanao)
Dry and mossy forests at elevations from 1,100 - 1,800 metres[
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The incense obtained from the wood is aphrodisiac, carminative and sedative. It is used in the treatment of cancer, especially of the thyroid gland, and as a treatment for conditions such as abdominal complaints, colics, diarrhoea and asthma[
The heartwood of old plants, and younger ones infected with a fungus, produces a resin which is very aromatic. Known as agarwood, it is highly valued as a source of an essential oil and an incense and is much used in Buddhist, Hindu and Confucian ceremonies[
The essential oil obtained from the heartwood, especially of plants infected with a fungus, is used in luxury oriental perfumery[
The silvery inner bark is highly valued for its strength and durability. It is used for making ropes and cloth[
The wood from undiseased trees is very light in weight. It can be used for purposes such as light indoor construction, veneer and making boxes[
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