From the southern tip of Thailand, through Malaya, Sumatra and the island of Borneo to Mindanao in the Philippines.
The trees are mostly medium sized to large, with long cylindrical boles, sometimes 0,9-1,5m in diameter above the buttresses.
Being a mixture of species, the commercial timber is variable in colour, weight and texture. Heartwood is typically a dull-yellow or yellow-brown, darkening somewhat on prolonged exposure; it is liable to discoloration in contact with iron under moist conditions. The grain is shallowly interlocked and the texture moderately coarse, although somewhat finer than that of red meranti.
Though slightly harder and heavier than light-red meranti, yellow meranti can be used for similar purposes, namely joinery, light structural work where some variation in colour, grain and texture is permissible, and for plywood.