Castanopsis lucida (PROSEA)

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Castanopsis lucida (Nees) Soepadmo

Protologue: Reinwardtia 7: 394 (1968).


  • Alseodaphne lucida Nees (1831),
  • Castanopsis hullettii King ex Hook.f. (1888).

Vernacular names

  • Malaysia: berangan papan, berangan babi, kertak tangga (Peninsular).


Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo (south-western and north-eastern Kalimantan).


The wood is used as berangan. The nuts are edible. The bark yields tannin.


  • A medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 35 m tall, bole up to 60 cm in diameter, buttresses absent or up to 1.6 m high, bark surface fissured, pale brown, inner bark soft fibro-granular, khaki-brown.
  • Leaves (10-)16-30 cm × (3.5-)8-10 cm, with 14-20 pairs of secondary veins, with a dense, brownish, scale-like tomentum below.
  • Cupule 3.5-4 cm in diameter, enclosing the 2-4 fruits of which often only 2 are well developed, glabrous, covered with 3-4 prominent ridges bearing sharp short spines, fruit with the smaller part adnate to the cupule.

C. lucida is found in forest below 1200 m altitude. The density of the wood is about 660 kg/m3 at 15% moisture content.

Selected sources

78, 81, 140, 162, 705. timbers