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TERUNTUM

STANDARD NAME
TERUNTUM
(Medium Hardwood)
(Also known as Geriting in Sabah)

FAMILY
Combretaceae

BOTANICAL NAME
Lumnitzera spp.

DISTRIBUTION
Found mainly in mangrove forests.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
The sapwood is not well-defined and is lighter in colour that the heartwood, which is light grey brown to light brownish red.
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Grain is straight to shallowly interlocked.

Texture is very fine and even.

Vessels are moderately small to medium-sized and moderately numerous, in radial groups of two to seven and with simple perforations. Tyloses present in some vessels.

Wood parenchyma is sparse and indistinct.

Rays are moderately fine.

USES
This is an important marine piling timber in Sabah. It is also an attractive wood for furniture. Other uses include flooring, interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, door and window frames, pallets and crates.

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Last Updated: 19 April 2020