Available In: Hawa, DFC, CrossIsland.
Market Prices (sqft 07-2001): $ to $
Botanical name: Koompassia malaccensis
Grows in: Malaysia and Indonesia;
General Characteristics: Heartwood brick red when freshly cut, darkening on exposure to an orange red or red brown with numerous yellow-brown streaks due to soft tissue associated with the pores; sapwood white or pale yellow about 2 in. wide in large trees and clearly defined. Grain typical- interlocked, sometimes wary; texture rather coarse; luster variable; odor and taste not distinctive. The timber is
slightly acidic and may be corrosive to metals. Streaks of brittle stone-like tissue are fairly common and are a source of mechanical weakness.
Working Properties: The timber is difficult to work with hand and machine tools; dresses to a reasonably smooth surface.
Durability: Reported to be resistant to attack by decay fungi but vulnerable to termite activity, both subterranean and dry-wood. Sapwood liable to powder-post beetle attack.
Preservation: Reported to treat readily with absorptions of preservative oils as high as 20 pcf.
Uses: Heavy construction work, railroad crossties, plywood core stock, parquet flooring, pallets (should be treated where termite attack may be a particular hazard).