Knema bicolor Raf.
Knema corticosa Lour.
Knema missionis (King) Warb.
Knema sphaerula (Hook.f. & Thomson) Airy Shaw
Myristica corticosa (Lour.) Hook.f. & Thomson
Myristica globularia Lam.
Myristica lanceolata Wall.
Myristica missionis Wall. ex King
Myristica sphaerula Hook.f. & Thomson
Close-up of the male flowers
Photograph by: Ria Tan
Knema globularia is an evergreen tree growing 5 - 20 metres tall. The straight bole is fluted, about 30 - 35cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its oil, wood and medicinal uses.
E. Asia - southern China, India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Primary and secondary evergreen forest, along river banks, in hilly forest, at elevations from 150 - 1,200 metres[
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A tree of moist, tropical lowlands, where it can be found at elevations up to 1,200 metres[
A dioecious species, both male and female forms need to be grown if fruit and seed are required.
The seeds are used in an externally applied medicine to cure scabies and other skin-diseases[
The seeds contain around 27% fat, which is used in industry[
The wood is used for general furniture[
]. It is used for rafters in homes[
Seed - dries out easily, loses its viability rapidly, and cannot be stored. It is best sown in a shaded position in a nursery seedbed - germination is usually fairly quick with the seed of most species sprouting within 2 - 17 weeks[
]. Grow the young plants on in a shady position, planting them out in their permanent positions when large enough.
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