Tree 8-20(-30) m. Leaves thinly chartaceous, (elliptic-)oblong, (6-)8-25 by 2.5-8.5 cm, base attenuate, apex acute-acuminate; Inflorescences with sparse stellate hairs 0.1 mm or less; Fruits solitary or 2-6 per infructescence, ellipsoid, apex rounded to subacute, 1.3-2.8 by 1.1-1.7 cm, glabrous, without or with sparse tubercles;
Asia-Tropical, West New Guinea present, northern Moluccas present
Malesia: northern Moluccas,West New Guinea.
A species with 4 varieties, closely related to H. spicata and H. tuberculata. Horsfieldia spicata has the generally deeply asymmetrically incurved anthers in common with H. moluccana, but the former differs in pale twigs and (almost) spike-like male inflorescences. Horsfieldia tuberculata has the staminal column hollowed at the apex for 1/5-1/3.