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MERANTI BAKAU

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STANDARD NAME

MERANTI BAKAU

(Light Hardwood)

Family

Dipterocarpaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Shorea uliginosa

DISTRIBUTION

Found mainly in the swamp forests.

 

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is distinct from the heartwood, which is light pink to light red-brown.

Grain is interlocked.

Texture is rather coarse but even.

Vessels are with simple perforations, moderately large, few or moderately few in number, 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 be aligned in short, oblique lines. Tyloses are present but generally not abundant.

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

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

Vertical resin canals are arranged in concentric series and usually plugged with whitecoloured resin.

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

 

USES

Suitable for all general light construction, furniture, joinery, interior fittings, boat frames, flooring, planking, decking, railing, coach work, lorry and truck bodywork, pallets, veneer and plywood.


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