Asia-Tropical: mainland of New Guinea and surrounding islands: present
Malesia: scattered on the mainland of New Guinea and surrounding islands .
Often a creeping, dorsiventral, sparsely leafy rhizome with long internodes terminates in a more erect, radial, densely leafy part. Similar radial shoots have also been found in S. tafana, as side shoots on an otherwise normal rhizome.
Selliguea ferrea in Blumea 43: 43. 1998