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Shorea quadrinervis - Slooten

Common Name Light Red Meranti
Family Dipterocarpaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A canopy to emergent tree in mixed dipterocarp forest, common on leached, yellow, sandy clay soils on low hills and on skeletal soils on ridges; occasionally to elevations of 700 metres[451 , 899 ].
Range Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia (the tree is endemic to Borneo).
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Other Uses    (4 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Tender Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Shorea quadrinervis Light Red Meranti


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Shorea quadrinervis Light Red Meranti
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Summary

A medium-sized to occasionally large tree, Shorea quadrinervis is a tree endemic to Borneo that grows about 45 m in height and 140 cm in bole diameter. It is characterized by a hemispherical to oblong crown, and straight, cylindrical, shortbuttressed bole that often branches from fairly low down. It is considered to be an endangered species, threatened by habitat loss. The wood from this species, known as light red meranti, is used for interior and exterior panelling, joinery, light carpentry, boxes and crates, veneer, etc.


Physical Characteristics

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Shorea quadrinervis is an evergreen Tree growing to 30 m (98ft) by 25 m (82ft) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 10. The flowers are pollinated by Thrips.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

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Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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Other Uses

Wood

Other Uses: The wood from this tree is one of several known as 'light red meranti'. We do not have specific information for this species, but the general description of light red meranti is as follows:- The heartwood is light red to pink or pink-brown, with white resin streaks; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain interlocked with a ribbon-like aspect; the surface is lustrous. The wood is light in weight, soft, moderately durable, being resistant to dry wood borers, somewhat resistant to fungi and susceptible to termites. The wood seasons well with a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is stable to moderately stable in service. The wood works well with normal tools, though the tools need to be kept sharp because it has a tendency towards woolliness; it generally finishes fairly well, though filling is recommended; screwing and nailing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for several purposes including interior and exterior panelling and joinery, light carpentry, boxes and crates, veneer etc[848 ].

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Cultivation details

Not known

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Plant Propagation

We have no specific information for this species - the information below is a general guide for the genus. Seed - best sown as soon as possible. It does not require pre-treatment, but it is recommended to soak the seed for 12 hours prior to sowing[325 ]. The seeds are sown in seedbeds, where they are covered with a mixture of sand and soil (1:1) or with a thin layer of sawdust[325 ]. Germination of fresh seeds is usually good and rapid. About two weeks after germination, when the seedlings are 5 - 6cm tall, they are potted up into individual containers about 15 x 23cm with good drainage holes at their base[325 ]. It is normally recommended to use a mixture of forest soil and sand (at a ratio of 3:1) as the potting medium in order to introduce the appropriate mycorrhiza to the roots. The seedlings are placed in 50 - 60% sunlight and watered twice daily[325 ]. Seedlings can be planted out when 30 - 40cm tall - harden the seedlings off in full sunlight for one month prior to planting[325 ].

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Malaysia

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status : Status: Endangered A1cd

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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