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KEKATONG

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STANDARD NAME

KEKATONG

(Heavy Hardwood) 

FAMILY

Leguminosae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Cynometra spp. 

DISTRIBUTION

Found in lowland forests, mainly in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah.

  

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is not well-defined. The heartwood is red-brown or claret red in colour and is attractively streaked with lighter coloured layers and often has a small brown-black core wood.

Grain is fairly straight or only shallowly interlocked.

Texture is moderately fine and even.

Vessels are medium-sized with simple perforations, few or moderately few in number. They are generally in about equal proportion of solitary and radial groups of two to three and are evenly distributed. Deposits are common in the vessels and tyloses are sparse.

Wood parenchyma is abundant, as closely spaced confluent bands.

Rays are moderately fine and just visible to the naked eye on the cross-section.

Ripple marks are absent. 

 

USES

Suitable for all heavy and medium construction, posts, beams, door and window frames, tool handles, heavy-duty flooring and parquet flooring. The attractive darker portion of the core wood can be used for decorative purposes such as wall panelling.

   

 

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