Platea excelsa Blume, Bijdr. (1826)

Latin for 'large or tall'.

Platea apoensis Elmer, Platea kinabaluensis Sleum., Platea latifolia var. borneensis Heine, Platea microphylla Sleum., Platea montana Howard, Platea parviflora K. & V., Platea philippinensis Merr., Platea riedeliana Becc.

Mid-canopy tree up to 38 m tall and 91 cm dbh. Usually with stilt roots. Stipules absent. Leaves alternate, simple, penni-veined, usually glabrous, sometimes whitish on lower surface. Flowers ca. 1 mm diameter, white-yellowish, placed in panicles. Fruits ca. 38 mm long, blue-purple, fleshy drupes.

In undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, (peat-)swamp to sub-montane forests up to 1400 m altitude. Usually on periodically inundated sites and along rivers with sandy to clay soils. In secondary forests usually present as a pre-disturbance remnant tree.

Wood locally used for construction.

Sumatra, Java, Lesser Sunda Islands, Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah, Central-, South- and East-Kalimantan), Philippines, Celebes, Moluccas, New Guinea.

Local names in Borneo
Balubug, Labuk, Lalak, Mapare, Njawan.