Palaquium regina-montium is a
The tree is harvested from the wild on a commercial basis for its wood, which is traded under the name 'Nyatoh'.
Palaquium regina-montium has a limited range, being found only in Peninsula Malaysia, and its distribution is divided into around 10 locations. This species is known to be harvested and traded as timber, and there has been over 18% tree cover loss within its range. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2019)[
Southeast Asia - Peninsula Malaysia
Rainforests, at submontane to montane elevations[
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We do not have any more specific information on the wood of this species, but it belongs to a group of timbers collectively called 'Nyatoh'[
]. The general description of nyatoh wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is a dark pink to a red-brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 4 - 9cm wide band of lighter-coloured sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy. The wood is light in weight, soft to moderately hard; strong, somewhat durable, being resistant to dry wood borers, moderately resistant to fungi but susceptible to termites. It seasons somewhat slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is stable in service. There is a very variable content of silica according to the species, but in general the wood has a high blunting effect so stellite-tipped and tungsten-carbide tools are recommended; nailing and screwing are good, but require pre-boring; gluing is correct. The wood has a range of applications, including for high class furniture and cabinet making, solid doors, panelling, joinery, parquet flooring, boat decking, light carpentry, turnery, moulding and veneer[
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