Erect shrub or tree 2-20 m. Leaves membranous or thinly coriaceous, oblong to (ob)lanceolate (broadest below the middle in subsp. latericia), 8-30 by 1.5-9 cm, apex acute(-acuminate), base attenuate to rounded, drying brown or greenish above; Inflorescences: Fruits 1-4 per infructescence, broadly ellipsoid to obovoid, sometimes subglobose, apex rounded, (l-)1.5-3 by 1-2.5 cm, with rough hairs 1-2 mm long;
Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present, Singapore present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Bangka present, Palawan present, Peninsular Thailand present
Peninsular Thailand; in MalesiaSumatra (Bangka, no specimens seen), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Palawan
Knema latericia is a complex species in which three subspecies are recognized. Subsp. latericia (with 2 varieties), from Palawan, has twigs with non-flaking bark, and therefore K. latericia appears twice in the general key to the species.