Large tree up to 45 m, 1 m ø. Bark grey-brown, smooth, finely fissured to pustulate and lenticellate. Stipules linear-lanceolate, 4-5 by 1-1½ mm. Inflorescence ♂ or ⚥ or rarely mixed, 1½-5 cm long; Fruit ellipsoid, faintly 5-angular, c. 15 by 10 mm, appressed-pubescent, glabrescent;
Anambas Is: present Asia-Tropical:, Malaya ‒ present; Maluku (Maluku ‒ present); New Guinea ‒ present Bantam: present Bum: present Central & S. Sumatra: present Ceram: present E. Borneo: present Johore: present Mina-hasa: present Morotai: present NE. Celebes: present New Britain: present Pahang: present Perak: present Selangor: present Solomons: present Sula: present W. Java: present W. Kutei: present
Solomons (common); in Malesia: New Guinea (incl. New Britain, common), Moluccas (Ceram, Bum, Sula, Morotai), NE. Celebes (Mina-hasa), E. Borneo (W. Kutei), W. Java (Bantam), Central & S. Sumatra, Anambas Is., and Malaya (Perak, Selangor, Pahang, Johore).
Sterile specimens, especially those with young leaves only, may easily be mistaken as belonging to Grewia or Microcos (Tiliaceae) or to Ziziphus angustifolius (Bl.) HATUS.
Celtis rigescens in DC., Prod. 17: 182. 1873