Parashorea smythiesii is an evergreen tree with a dense, dome-shaped crown; it can grow up to 55 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 120cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also exported.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia; it is endemic to the island of Borneo.
Locally frequent in mixed and occasionally upper dipterocarp forests on clay soils, at elevations up to 1,000 metres[
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The heartwood is light brown, darkening upon exposure to light; it is not clearly demarcated from the 6 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain interlocked. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; somewhat durable, being moderately resistant to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers and termites. It seasons slowly with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable to stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools, but they need to be kept sharp in order to reduce the risk of tearing and to obtain a good finish; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for purposes such as light carpentry, interior panelling and joinery, flooring, furniture components, boxes and crates, veneer etc[
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