The genus Argyrodendron is generally treated as a synonym of Heritiera. However, Wilkie P. et al; Phylogenetic Relationships within the Subfamily Sterculioideae (Malvaceae/Sterculiaceae-Sterculieae) Using the Chloroplast Gene ndhF; Systematic Botany, (2006), 31(1): pp. 160-170 has found Argyrodendrom to be distinct. Until this research is more widely accepted, we will be maintaining this species under Heritiera[
Argyrodendron trifoliolatum F.Muell.
Tarrietia argyrodendron F.Muell.
Tarrietia trifoliolata (F.Muell.) F.Muell.
Heritiera trifoliolata is an evergreen tree that can grow from 20 - 33 metres tall, exceptionally to 40 metres. The straight bole can be free of branches for up to 20 metres; up to 120cm in diameter with large buttresses or fluting[
The tree produces an attractive timber and is commonly harvested from the wild as a local source of wood and is also exported[
Southeast Asia - eastern Indonesia to New Guinea and eastern Australia.
A canopy tree at elevations up to 2,000 metres[
].Found in well developed rain forest on a variety of sites but probably reaches its best development on upland sites on deep red soils derived from basalt[
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Young trees require some shelter from the sun, growing well in dappled shade[
]. Plants in the wild grow best on the richer soils[
A rather slow-growing tree[
Seed is produced only once in every few years[
The wood is light-coloured, close-grained, tough and firm. It may be used as a substitute for English beech (Fagus sylvatica)[
]. A useful general purpose timber, suitable for house construction in places not exposed to the weather. Before the development of fibreglass and carbon fibre, the timber of this species was sometimes used in the manufacture of fishing rods[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe - seed less than one week old germinates freely[
]. Sow the seed in a shaded position in a nursery seedbed.
After falling, the winged seed exudes a sticky gel that absorbs water and delays dessication[
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