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Intsia bijuga  (Colebr.) Kuntze


Botanical Name


Intsia bijuga (Colebr.) Kuntze

English Name


Borneo teak, Moluccan ironwood



Afzelia palembanica (Miq.) Baker (1879), Intsia bakeri (Prain) Prain (1901), Intsia plurijuga Harms





General Info


A medium-sized or large tree up to 50 m tall, bole branchless for up to 22 m and up to 150 cm in diameter. Leaves with (3-)4(-7) pairs of leaflets, leaflets thickly leathery and glossy with a rounded or broadly cuneate base and a blunt to emarginate apex, 8-13.5 cm x 4-10.5 cm. Inflorescence 5-18 cm varying from very corymbiformly racemose to racemiform; flowers white and arranged in dense terminal panicles; bracts, bracteoles and calyx densely short-hairy to glabrous. Pedicels 1-2.25 cm, calyx-tube 7-15 mm segments 9-19 mm; petals often red or pink in colour. Fruit pod oblong or pear shaped, 8-23 cm x 4-8 cm. Pod leathery,woody and tardily dehiscent usually containing 1-9 seeds.


AgroForestryTree Database
PROSEA (Plant Resources of South-East Asia) Foundation



Medicinal Use

The bark is used in treating persons suffering from a urinary condition (characterised by very dark urine); also used in the treatment of rheumatism, dysentery and diarrhoea. An infusion of bark is given to women after delivery.



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