Dipterocarpus obtusifolius

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Dipterocarpus obtusifolius
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malvales
Family: Dipterocarpaceae
Genus: Dipterocarpus
Species: D. obtusifolius
Binomial name
Dipterocarpus obtusifolius
Teijsm. ex Miq., Ann. Mus. Bot. Lugduno-Batavi i. 214 (1864)
  • D. punctatus Pierre, D. vestitus Wall. ex Dyer

Dipterocarpus obtusifolius is a common species of tree in the family Dipterocarpaceae found throughout Southeast Asia, including Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.[1][2][3][4] Three varieties have been published: var. subnudus Ryan & Kerr; var. glabricalyx Smitinand; and var. vestitus (Wall. ex Dyer) Smitinand. While legitimate, these varieties are as yet of low confidence level.[3][5] The variety D. obtusifolius var. subnudus differed by having completely hairless leaves and is found only in the south of Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.[2]

Trees are large, up to 30m tall, grow in dry Dipterocarp forest, and the red brown wood is used in general construction.[1] In Cambodia, the resin from the tree is used to make torches, drinking water was obtained by cutting young stalks and the wood gave boards regarded as non-durable in construction,[2] while in some areas of the Kompong Chhnang Province it is an important firewood source.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Dipterocarpus obtusifolius Teijsm. ex Miq.–DIPTEROCARPACEAE". 
  2. ^ a b c DY PHON Pauline, 2000, Plants Used In Cambodia, self-published, printed by Imprimerie Olympic, Phnom Penh
  3. ^ a b "The Plant List_Dipterocarpus obtusifolius Teijsm. ex Miq". 12 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Kew Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dipterocarpus obtusifolius_Tropicos". Retrieved 12 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Vibol, San; et al. (2012). "Fuelwood consumption patterns in Chumriey Mountain, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia". Energy. 44 (1): 335–46. doi:10.1016/j.energy.2012.06.025.