Native to many countires in South-east Asia where there has been a dramatic loss due to the conversion of rainforest to oil plam plantations
A relatively widespread species recorded from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak, Sabah, Brunei, Sumatera and Kalimantan (not all locations are mapped).
Habitat and Ecology
A tall, straight boled tree found in tropical lowland forest, usually on dry soils but also recorded from peat swamps in Peninsular Malaysia (Jusoff, 2007) and Sarawak (Farjon, 2010).
Like many other tropical Podocarps it produces a valuable timber that is used construction, plywood, veneer and furniture.
Nageia motleyi has a relatively wide distribution from southern Thailand, throughout most of Malaysia, southeast Kalimantan and Sumatera. The extent of occurrence is in excess of 20,000km². The area of occupancy is uncertain due to insufficient data from within its range. However, overlaying regional maps of deforestation indicates that there has been a substantial rangewide reduction in primary and secondary forests due to clearcutting and conversion of forest for agriculture and monocropping. A conservative estimate for this reduction would be between 30 and 50% within the last three generations (one generation is assumed to be at least 10 years). On this basis an assessment of Vulnerable under the criteria for A2c is warranted.
As this species is predominantly found in lowland tropical rainforest, its area of occupancy has been substantially reduced over the last three decades due to logging and the conversion of forest to agriculture, especially palm oil production. In many areas at least 50% of the tropical rainforest has been converted and this trend is continuing.
This species has been recorded from a few protected areas.