Dracontomelon lenticulatum is an evergreen tree; it usually grows 10 - 20 metres tall, with reports of trees up to 37 metres. The cylindrical to slightly fluted bole can be crooked or straight; it is free of branches for around half of its height; around 50 - 60cm in diameter, exceptionally to 120cm; with buttresses up to 3.5 metres high and 1.8 metres wide[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for its wood.
Australasia - New Guinea.
A sub-canopy tree of forests[
]. Lowland rain-forest, common on raised alluvial flats and on swampy ground[
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The wood is used for timber[
We do not have any more specific information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood from plants in this genus:-
The heartwood varies from light brown, grayish, greenish-yellow to reddish-brown, often with irregular dark brown to nearly black banding; the wide band of sapwood is pinkish, or grayish. The texture is moderately fine to coarse; the grain straight to interlocked and irregular, with a decorative figure if quarter cut; the wood is lustrous; there is no distinctive odour or taste. The heartwood is not durable and is not resistant to termite attack. The wood is easy to work; glues satisfactorily; takes a good finish and polish; veneers well. It is used for purposes such as furniture and cabinetwork, paneling, decorative veneers (walnut-like in appearance), gunstocks, flooring, joinery[
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