Bassia watsonii Ridl.
Dichopsis stellata Scort. ex King & Gamble
Madhuca watsonii (Ridl.) H.J.Lam
Palaquium stellatum is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 55 metres tall. The straight and cylindrical bole can be up to 200cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also exported under the name 'bitis'[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Lowland, mixed, dipterocarp forest, especially on sandy loam soils, at elevations up to 305 metres[
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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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