Although the lands of origin are New Britain, New Guinea, Seram, Sulawesi and Mindanao, it grows well almost everywhere. In fact, it grows so fast, that its main purpose in these regions is for timber.
With tiny, ant-like seeds, you would be dumbfounded to learn that it doubles its size each year and can grow as high as 200 feet with a trunk diameter of six feet.
Its most extraordinary feature is its rainbow bark, which chunks offs as the tree changes during the four seasons, revealing magnificent shades of orange, green, pink, red and bluish colors. In the Philippines, people use it for the paper pulp and many believe in its healing properties.