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- n. chiefly tropical Asian trees with two-winged fruits; yield valuable woods and aromatic oils and resins
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Tests linked the amber to a family of hardwood trees called dipterocarpaceae, that make up 80% of the forest canopy in south-east Asia.
The first compilation of their work, a Plant Red List for the dipterocarpaceae family, will be published in three months.
The dipterocarpaceae family, whose members include commercial heavyweights balau, chengal, mersawa and meranti, have, for decades, been major contributors to the country's economy.
Worldwide, the dipterocarpaceae family comprises some 500 species from 17 genera.