Palaquium ledermannii K.Krause
Palaquium poilanei Lecomte
Palaquium ridleyi is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall. The straight and cylindrical bole can be up to 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded under the name 'bitis']996].
Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines to New Guinea.
Peat swamps, freshwater swamps, seasonal swamps and kerangas forests[
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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 reddish-brown or chocolate red-brown; it is clearly demarcated from the yellow-brown sapwood, which has a with tinge of grey. The texture is moderately fine and even; the grain straight to shallowly interlocked; the surface slightly lustrous. The wood is very heavy, hard, strong and durable. It is slightly difficult to resaw, cross cut, and plane; planed surfaces are smooth; nailing is poor. The wood is suitable for all forms of heavy construction, bridges, wharves, piers, piling, posts, railway sleepers, parquet flooring and heavy duty flooring[
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