Emmenanthus chinensis Hook. & Arn.
Ixonanthes beccarii Hallier
Ixonanthes chinensis (Hook. & Arn.) Champ.
Ixonanthes cochinchinensis Pierre
Ixonanthes crassifolia Hallier
Ixonanthes grandiflora Hochr.
Ixonanthes grandifolia Ridl.
Looking up the trunk into the canopy
Photograph by: Patrice78500
Ixonanthes reticulata is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight bole can be up to 100cm in diameter, it is fluted and with steep, narrow buttresses up to 5 metres high[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood - the wood is also sometimes traded[
E. Asia - southern China, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea.
Dense primary forest and sometimes in the more open, secondary formations, also in kerangas and swamp forests; growing on hillsides and ridges at elevations up to 2,400 metres[
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Grows in the wild on sand, granite and sandstone soils[
]. The plant is often found in the wild in Kerangas forest - a type of moist, heath forest found on acidic, sandy soils that are low in nutrients, especially nitrogen[
The heartwood is a light yellow brown with a pink tinge; it is not differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is moderately fine and even; the grain is deeply interlocked or spiral; there is a stripe figure on radial surfaces; parenchyma bands may simulate growth rings figures on tangential surfaces. The wood is very hard and heavy. It is suitable for medium to heavy construction under cover. Other uses include door and window frames, handles of tools, flooring boards, plus furniture and staircase components[
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