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MELANTAI

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STANDARD NAME

MELANTAI

(Light Hardwood)

(Also known as Kawang in Sabah)

Family

Dipterocarpaceae

BOTANICAL NAME

Shorea macroptera, S. cristata, S. macrophylla,

S. pilosa, S. pinanga and S. Scaberrima

DISTRIBUTION

Found in lowland forests and hills.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is moderately distinct from the heartwood, which is yellow-pink when freshly cut, weathering to a light pink colour with a yellow tinge.

Grain is interlocked.

Texture is moderately coarse but even.

Vessels are with simple perforations and medium-sized or moderately large, few or moderately few in number, mostly solitary, the rest in radial or oblique pairs or radial multiples of less than four in a series; evenly distributed but with a tendency to form short, oblique lines.

Wood parenchyma is sparse; paratracheal type as narrow incomplete borders to the vessels, often not distinct with a hand lens and apotracheal type as irregularly spaced bands containing vertical resin canals.

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

Vertical intercellular canals are in concentric series; canals smaller in size than the vessels and filled with white resin. 

 

USES

Suitable for interior finishing, joinery, furniture, fancy boxes, mouldings, panelling, veneer and plywood, planking, shelving and doors.


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