Palaquium sericeum is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 38cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded under the name 'Nyatoh'.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia; only on the Island of Borneo.
A sub-canopy tree in undisturbed to slightly disturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga and sub-montane forest; often on alluvial sites by rivers and streams, and hillsides; generally on clay but also sand and limestone; at elevations up to 1,300 metres[
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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[
The wood is used for fuel[
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