The plant is a dioecious tree that grows to about 8–10 m high. Its leaves are thick, elliptical and up to 25 cm long, while its panicles are short and have rust hairs. The plant's young leaves are consumed as vegetables, or used an ingredients such as for cooking. In Vietnam it is used in a Bánh tráng Trảng Bàng rice paper dish.
- World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Horsfieldia irya. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 21 August 2007.
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