Swintonia foxworthyi is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 40 metres tall. The bole can be up to 100cm in diameter, sometimes with buttresses up to 3 metres high, 175cm wide and 10cm thick[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use of its wood, which is also traded in small amounts.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Primary forest, mixed dipterocarp forest, and kerangas forest; at elevations from 60 - 600 metres[
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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 a light brown, with or without pink to reddish-brown glints; it is not clearly demarcated from the sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight, sometimes wavy; the surface lustrous. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; elastic; not very durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. It seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The wood generally works well with ordinary tools, though it can sometimes be difficult to saw due to the presence of tension wood, and sometimes silica is present; Nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for purposes such as light carpentry, furniture components, boxes and crates, matches, interior panelling and joinery, blockboard, plywood etc[
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