Tree 3-30(-45) m. Leaves thinly chartaceous to coriaceous, elliptic to lanceolate, 5-17 by 1.5—5.5(—6) cm, in E Malesia up to 27 by 8.5 cm, apex acute(-acuminate), base attenuate, margin conspicuously revolute or not, olivaceous or brown, sometimes glossy above; Inflorescences paniculate, with rusty hairs 0.2 mm long; Flowers rusty pubescent inside and outside, hairs 0.1 mm long. Fruits up to 13 per infructescence, subglobose to ellipsoid-oblong, 1.8-2.8 by 1.1-1.9 cm, glabrescent (glabrous) or inconspicuously pubescent, hairs 0.1 mm long;
from Peninsular Malaysia to the Bismarck Archipelago present
A widespread species ranging from Peninsular Malaysia to the Bismarck Archipelago. Four varieties of Gymnacranthera farquhariana are recognized to accommodate its particularly complex variation. The varieties are very close to each other, and several specimens are not easily placed within a variety.