Corneria nidula (de Laub.) A.V.Bobrov & Melikyan
Dacrydium nidulum is an evergreen tree with numerous branchlets forming a dense crown; it can grow from 6 - 35 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be 18 - 200cm in diameter[
Highly valued for construction in some areas[
Dacrydium nidulum's wide distribution means that it is not currently regarded as threatened despite a likely reduction in its area of occupancy in some parts of its range due to general deforestation and habitat conversion. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Indonesia to New Guinea and Fiji
A canopy tree in lowland tropical rainforest, often associated with swampy areas, river banks and lake shores; usually at elevations below 600 metres but sometimes ascending to 1,200 metres[
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Dacrydium nidulum is found in a region where the mean annual temperature is 21.1°c, with an average minimum in the coldest month of 16.1°c. The mean annual precipitation is 2,803mm[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
Highly valued for construction and furniture[
The wood of the various Dacrydium species is jointly known as 'sempilor'. The basic description is as follows:-
The heartwood is buff in colour, sometimes with a pink tinge or golden brown; it is not differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is very fine and even; the grain straight. The wood is reputed to be weak; it is light to moderately heavy in weight; it is not durable and is subject to drywood termite attacks. It seasons well without serious degrade; shrinkage is very high; a slight to moderate twisting may occasionally occur. The wood works very easily; it produces a smooth and somewhat lustrous surface; gluing, nailing and peeling properties are satisfactory. A softwood, it should be suitable for decorative works and can be used for panelling, partitioning, veneers, plywood, joinery and furniture making[
The seed can be sown at any time of the year in a sandy soil in a warm greenhouse, though it is probably best sown as soon as it is ripe[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on until large enough to plant out.
Cuttings of half-ripe terminal shoots, 5 - 10cm long[
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