Dryobalanops fusca (PROSEA)

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Dryobalanops fusca v. Slooten

Protologue: Bull. Jard. Bot. Buitenzorg, sér. 3, 12: 39 (1932).

Vernacular names

  • Indonesia: kapur empedu (Kalimantan)
  • Malaysia: empedu, kapur empedu (Sarawak).


Western Borneo (southern Sarawak, West Kalimantan).


The timber is used as kapur.


  • A large tree reaching at least 50 m in height; slash lacking camphor smell.
  • Leaves broadly lanceolate, 5-10 cm × 2-4 cm, with a slender, up to 15 mm long acumen, densely shortly tomentose beneath.
  • Fruit calyx lobes up to 6 cm × 1.3 cm, bordering a cup which is up to 3 mm deep and up to 7 mm in diameter.

D. fusca is locally common on sandy, podzolic soils on low ridges and raised beaches, and in kerangas vegetation. The density of the wood is 780-900 kg/m3 at 15% moisture content.

Selected sources

31, 461, 561, 740, 748.

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