Heritiera globosa is an evergreen tree with a dense canopy; it can grow 20 - 35 metres tall. The bole is usually short; it can be 100cm in diameter with ridge-like buttresses 250 - 350cm tall, extending snake-like for 200 - 400cm from the tree[
The tree is a source of 'mengkulang' timber and is commonly harvested from the wild for both local use and export.
This species is very rare and restricted to West Kalimantan, where it is only found in riverine areas. It is threatened by continued loss of habitat due to clearing of mangrove forests for commercial timber and oil palm plantations. There has been an estimated 29% decline in mangrove area within this species range since 1980. As this species is only found along riverine areas, the total extent of occurance is estimated to be less than 5,000 km² and is very fragmented. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Borneo.
The upstream estuarine zone in the high intertidal region, preferring freshwater and so only found in riverine areas. It is found in single stands up to 70 km from the sea[
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A slow growing species[
The heartwood is red, red-brown to dark red-brown; it is not always clearly demarcated from the 2 - 7cm wide band of white sapwood. The texture is slightly to moderately coarse but even; the grain straight to shallowly interlocked. The wood is strong; very hard; non-durable in exposed positions, though easy to treat with preservatives; subject to attack by Lyctus beetles. It seasons fairly rapidly, shrinkage is high and there can be slight cupping, end and surface checking. It is difficult to saw; slightly difficult to plane, but it can produce a smooth finish; nailing properties are good. The wood is used for flooring, interior finishing, furniture, panelling, general planking, plywood manufacture and glue-lamination[
]. Traditionally, is used for making rice-pounding blocks and for native boats[
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