Indian Kauri is a medium to large softwood native to South -East Asia
extending from the Malaysian mainland through the islands to Papua New
Guinea. It occurs in most areas from sea level to very high mountainous
regions. The trees can be quite tall growing to a height of about 60 metres,
although at high altitude they are very stunted.
In Asia, Kauri
is used for fine joinery, pattern making, laboratory and commercial bench
tops, pencil making, woodturning, carving and food serving and eating
utensils with the trees also taped for resin to make paints, varnishes
In Australia it has been widely used for flooring although it is probably too soft for high traffic areas. More common applications would be pattern making, musical instruments, eating and cooking utensils, furniture and joinery.
This specie is reasonably available in Australia and is sometimes used in place of New Zealand or Queensland Kauri which where common in the early part of the last century.
Another similar species is Fijian Kauri, Agathis vitiensis which is rarely seen in Australia, the heartwood is slightly darker than that of the East Indian Kauri but would be a good substitute.