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MERANTI, DARK RED

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STANDARD NAME

MERANTI, DARK RED

(Light Hardwood)

(Also known as Obar Suluk in Sabah)

Similar to Dark Red Philippine Mahogany of the Philippines 

Family

Dipterocarpaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Shorea spp. of the sections Brachyptera, Ovalis, Rubella, Pachycarpa, Pinanga and Mutica but excluding S. Uliginosa 

DISTRIBUTION

Widely distributed in well-drained lowland forests, on low hills, the tops and upper slopes of ridges and may occur in peat swamp forests.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is not clearly defined from the heartwood, which is medium red to deep red to deep red-brown.

Grain is interlocked.

Texture is moderately coarse and even.

Vessels are with simple perforations and moderately large, few to moderately few, mostly solitary, the rest in oblique or radial pairs and radial multiples of up to four in a series; diffuse but with a tendency to arrange in short obligue lines. Tyloses are generally present but not abundant.

Wood parenchyma is of both the paratracheal and apotracheal types; paratracheal type appears as incomplete, narrow vasicentric, aliform of locally confluent; apotracheal type appears as irregularly spaced bands enclosing resin canals and as diffuse strands.

Rays are medium-sized and visible to the naked eye on the cross-section, fairly conspicuous on the radial surface.

Vertical resin canals are arranged in concentric series, usually plugged with whitecoloured resin, distinct to the naked eye on both the cross-section and longitudinal section.

 

USES

Suitable for a wide variety of uses including light construction, furniture, joinery, interior fittings, door and window frames, panelling, partitions, utility flooring, mouldings, fancy doors, boat construction, veneer and plywood. 

  

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