Agroforestry Systems

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 103–127 | Cite as

Man-made dipterocarp forest in Sumatra

  • E. Torquebiau


Traditional plantations of Shorea javanica in Southern Sumatra deserve mention on three main points: (1) it is a rare case in Indonesia of successful cultivation of an indigenous species. This species being a Dipterocarp is an even more attractive reason: Dipterocarps are in the paradoxical situation of being the largest family of timber trees in natural forests of tropical Asia but are almost never used for silvicultural purposes; (2) the tree is grown in association with many other useful trees to constitute an agroforestry system of both cash and subsistence incomes; and (3) such plantations represent a good potential for the production of natural resin in the humid tropics.

Key words

agroforestry Dipterocarpaceae resin reforestation Sumatra 


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© Martinus Nijhoff/Dr W. Junk Publishers 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Torquebiau
    • 1
  1. 1.BIOTROPBogorIndonesia

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