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STANDARD NAME

MERANSI

(Medium Hardwood) 

Family

Rhizoporaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Carallia spp. 

DISTRIBUTION

Found in forests on low-lying and undulating land.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is lighter in colour and is moderately distinct from the heartwood, which is red-brown with an orange hue.

Grain is straight, interlocked or slightly wavy.

Texture is coarse and uneven, due to the presence of the extremely large rays.

Vessels are few to moderately numerous, medium-sized; solitary, in radial groups and tangential multiples of two to three; white deposits are common.

Wood parenchyma is abundant, in aliform confluent bands or just the aliform type as in some species; also in short apotracheal lines bridging rays.

Rays are of two distinct sizes, the larger rays are extremely broad while the finer rays are hard to discern, even with a hand lens; producing a silver figure on the radial surface. 

USES

The oak-like figure makes it an attractive timber suitable for furniture, interior finishing, panelling, parquet flooring and sliced veneer. Also suitable for heavy and medium construction, railway sleepers, transmission posts, fancy boxes, walking sticks and other novelty items. 

 

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