Shorea pauciflora (PROSEA)

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Shorea pauciflora King

Protologue: Journ. As. Soc. Beng. 62(2): 116 (1893).

Vernacular names

  • Brunei: nemesu, meranti cheriak, obar suluk
  • Indonesia: abang gunung (East Kalimantan), meranti ketuko (Kalimantan, Sumatra), ketuko nilau (Sumatra)
  • Malaysia: meranti nemesu (Peninsular), meranti cheriak (Sarawak), obar suluk (Sabah).


Peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.


The timber is regarded as a valuable dark red meranti and is especially used for boats, doors and frames.


  • A very large tree up to 70 m tall with bole branchless for 18-27 m and up to 220 cm in diameter, buttresses prominent, up to 4 m high, bark uniformly flaky.
  • Leaves ovate, thinly leathery, 9-15 cm × 4-5.5 cm, with 8-9 pairs of secondary veins, lower surface glabrous.
  • Stamens 15, anthers broadly oblong with long and setose appendages, stylopodium ovoid to conical.
  • Larger fruit calyx lobes up to 9 cm × 1.5 cm.

S. pauciflora occurs on well-drained deep soils in lowland and hill forest up to 700 m altitude. The density of the wood is 490-835 kg/m3 at 15% moisture content. See also the table on wood properties.

Selected sources

30, 89, 100, 102, 136, 253, 258, 297, 417, 461, 476, 514, 578, 677, 748.

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