Amyris oleosa Lam.
Canarium laxiflorum Decne.
Canarium laxiflorum Zipp. ex Blume
Canarium microcarpum Willd.
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Canarium oleosum is a tree that usually grows 17 - 20 metres tall, occasionally to 30 metres. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 25 - 50cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood and resin. The wood is also traded[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia to New Guinea and New Britain.
A canopy and subcanopy tree in dense primary forests and also in the more open secondary formations; mostly at elevation below 400 metres, rarely up to 700 metres[
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A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required[
The oily parts of the resin are used as a balm on wounds[
The oily parts of the resin are used for hair lotions, usually mixed with coconut-oil[
The wood of the buttresses is said to be one of the components of the scented wood kaju rasamala[
The wood is a commercial hardwood[
]. It can be used as a light constructional timber[
Seed - we have no specific information for this species but seeds of this genus generally have a hard seed coat and germinate erratically. Filing away some of the seed coat to allow moisture to enter more readily, without damaging the seed, will encourage a faster and more even germination[
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