Tree 10-20 m. Leaves chartaceous to coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to (obovate-)oblong, 13-21 by 4-9.5 cm, base attenuate, apex acute-acuminate or bluntish; Inflorescences behind the leaves, with hairs 0.2-0.3 mm; Fruits up to 3 per infructescence, ovoid-ellipsoid, apex obtuse to acutish, base broadly rounded, 2.2-2.4(-3) by 1.6-2 (-2.5) cm, glabrous, drying bright brown, without lenticels or warts;
Asia-Tropical: Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Sumatera (Sumatera present), Jambi Prov present, Malacca present, Negri Sembilan present, Perak present, Pulau Rumbia present, Selangor present
Malesia: Sumatra (Jambi Prov.), Peninsular Malaysia (Perak, including Pulau Rumbia; Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca).
Horsfieldia fulva is easily recognized by the dull parchment-like leaves when dry; the nerves are flat above or somewhat sunken, and the venation is not or hardly visible; it is one of the few species with a 3-lobed perianth which is elongate and rather large, 3 mm long or more. The species is closely related to H. superba, which is larger in size in almost all aspects, and has a persistent indumentum on the lower leaf surface.