Shorea chinensis (H.Wang) H.Zhu
Shorea wangtianshuea Y.K.Yang & J.K.Wu
Young tree growing at Hùng Temple in Vietnam
Photograph by: Hungda
Parashorea chinensis is an evergreen tree with an open crown; usually growing up to 40 metres tall but with some specimens up to 60 metres[
]. The straight, cylindrical bole has large, stout buttresses, it can be 60 - 150cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its valuable timber. It has a beautiful shape and can be planted along the sides of roads to provide shade[
Insect attacks, resulting in premature fruit-fall, are frequent. Subpopulations have been overexploited for their timber in both China and Vietnam, with only a few large trees being left in China and the Yunnan subpopulation being restricted to an area of just 20 km². In Viet Nam the species is sometimes found in pure stands. The plant is classified as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
E. Asia - southern China, northern Vietnam.
An emergent and canopy tree of primary evergreen forests, growing in valleys, mountain slopes, hills, dense forests on limestone and other rocks; at elevations from 300 - 1,100 metres[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The brownish-yellow wood is fine-grained, hard, heavy, durable and resistant against termite attack. The excellent wood is used for construction and making furniture[
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