Known locally as kaladis narig, it was first collected in 1915 in the forests of Zamboanga Sibugay, a province in the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. After considerable searching, it was rediscovered after 99 years in Calades village, which bears the same name as the species.
Calades village was named after the tree, which once grew abundantly in the surrounding area. It was a key resource for constructing houses in the village in the past as its timber is strong and durable. The extinction of this species would be a significant loss of cultural identity for local people.
Only 11 individuals are left in one unprotected location. Without immediate conservation action, this species is at risk of being lost forever.
Building local knowledge is important for the long-term conservation of this species. Local communities will be equipped with the skills to grow the species in community nurseries. Selling saplings will also provide an additional source of income.
Working with local authorities, local ordinances for the protection of the species will be prepared. Natural populations will also be increased through reinforcement planting and facilitating natural regeneration.