Phoebe nanmu

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Phoebe nanmu
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Magnoliids
Order: Laurales
Family: Lauraceae
Genus: Phoebe
Species: P. nanmu
Binomial name
Phoebe nanmu
(Oliver) Gamble

Phoebe nanmu is a species of evergreen tree in the Lauraceae family. It is endemic to southern China and Vietnam. P. nanmu is threatened by habitat loss due primarily to overcutting.[1]

Phoebe nanmu is a large, slow growing tree that develops with a long straight trunk ranging from 10 to 40 meters in height, and 50 to 100 cm in diameter. It was used extensively in construction and furniture making because it is highly resistant to decay, is very dense and comes in attractive colours from olive-brown to reddish brown. The Forbidden City was originally constructed using P. nanmu wood by Ming emperor Zhu Di.[2] Because it is resistant to decay it was also used to make boats.


  1. ^ Sun, W. (1998) Phoebe nanmu 2006 "IUCN Red List of Threatened Species" accessed on 23 August 2007
  2. ^ "Forbidden City:History:Construction" from Insecula Encyclopedia of the Great Museums of the World


  • "Phoebe nanmu" World Conservation Monitoring Centre, United Nations Environment Programme

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