This highly threatened tree is one of over 500 species of dipterocarp, a group of trees which dominate the lowland rainforests of Asia and are valued for their timber (3). The bark of the white meranti is covered with a network of deep long ridges and the leaves are up to 12 centimetres long and 5.5 centimetres wide, tapering to a fairly blunt tip. The petals are white, with a pink base on the inside on the flower (2). The fruits of dipterocarps are single-seeded nuts enclosed in a winged case (3).
The white meranti is considered to be Critically Endangered as a result of logging and slash-and-burn agriculture. The wood of the white meranti is used for furniture, cabinet making, interior finish, veneer, plywood and in boat building (2).
De Guzman, E.D., Umali, R.M. and Sotalbo, E.D. (1986) Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna. Volume 3: Dipterocarps, Non-Dipterocarps. Natural Resources Management Center, Ministry of Natural Resources and University of the Philippines, Philippines.
Heywood, V.H. (1978) Flowering Plants of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
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