Licania splendens

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Licania splendens


Tree to 25 m tall, the young branches sparsely lan-ate, soon glabrous. Leaves 4-11 by 1.8-4.2 cm, oblong, usually acuminate at apex, cuneate at base, glabrous beneath; Stipules linear-lanceolate, to 3 mm long, caducous. Inflorescence terminal and axillary panicles of cymules, 1.5-14 cm long, the rachis and branches grey-puberulous. Flowers c. 2 mm long. Petals pubescent on exterior. Stamens 7-10, slightly unilateral, the filaments glabrous. Ovary at or near base of receptacle, unilocular, pilose on exterior. Fruit ellipsoid, 1-1.3 cm long;


Asia-Tropical: Borneo present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Philippines (Philippines present); Sumatera (Sumatera present); Thailand (Thailand present), W. Java present
Thailand; in Malesia: Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, W. Java, Borneo, Philippines. .


The timber is strong, durable and resistant to marine borers and is used for saltwater piles, railroad ties, etc. However, it is extremely hard to work and requires special tools because of silica. The fruit is edible but is not widely used.


Corner 1940: Wayside Trees: 526
KORTH. 1923 – In: Enum. Philip. Pl.: 236
BOERL. & KOORD. 1901: p. 59. – In: IC. Bog.: t. 96
Merr. 1915 – In: Philip. J. Sc.: Bot. 307
BROWNE 1955: For. Trees Sarawak & Brunei: 307
RIDLEY 1922 – In: Fl. Mal. Pen.: 671