Aphananthe philippinensis Planch.
Planchon, J.E. (1848) Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Botanique ser. 3 10: 337. Type: in insula Luconia Philippinarum; Cunning no 1311 in herb. Hook.
Wild Holly; Rough Leaved Hickory; Rough Leaved Elm; Greyhandle Wood; Grey Handlewood; Elm; Axehandle Wood; Asbestos Tree; Native Elm
Usually a poorly formed tree.
Cotyledons linear. First pair of leaves ovate to elliptic, margin coarsely toothed, each tooth ending in an aristate tip. Upper surface of the leaf blade scabrous. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves scabrous on the upper surface. Each stiff hair with a basal gland. Leaf blade margin deeply serrate with about 4-6 pungently pointed teeth on each side; stipules linear, hairy. Seed germination time 28 days.
Food plant for the larval stages of the Common Aeroplane Butterfly. Common & Waterhouse (1981).
Timber used to make tool handles, polo heads, cobbler's lasts and baseball bats. Swain (1928).
Bark material of this species was active against some tumors. Collins et al. (1990).