Abauria excelsa Becc.
Koompassia parviflora King
Because locals believe this tree to be haunted, it was spared from logging when converting virgin jungle into a palm oil estate.
Photograph by: CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
Koompassia excelsa is a deciduous tree; one of the tallest rainforest trees ever recorded, it usually grows up to 75 metres tall but specimens up to 88 metres tall have been reported. The straight, cylindrical bole is usually up to 100cm in diameter, though specimens up to 270cm have been recorded; it has steep, thick buttresses up to 12 metres high[
It is a useful timber species for heavy construction and is currently gaining importance in trade because of the shortage of heavy hardwood timbers[
]. The tree also has local uses as a fod and medicine.
The trees are protected from cutting in Kalimantan because wild bees often build nests in the branches. It is also protected in Sarawak under the Wildlife Protection Bill of 1990. The plant is classified as 'Least Concern' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
An emergent tree in lowland primary forest, growing on alluvial sites and hillsides, often on limestone; at elevations up to 300 metres[
]. The trees are often fond remaining in areas of secondary growth because they are rarely felled[
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The mature seeds have a bean-like flavour and are eaten raw[
The bark is used medicinally[
Wild bees often build their nests in the tops of this tree, and so local people commonly harvest honey from them. For this reason, and also because the trees are hard to fell, the trees are traditionally left standing when the forest is cleared[
The wood is used for heavy construction and furniture making[
The wood is used for fuel and to make charcoal[
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