Kasai

Kasai

 

Scientific Name:

Pometia spp. (Family: Sapindaceae)  

General Description:

A medium hardwood. The trees are medium to large and can be found mainly in low altitude, usually near rivers.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 735 - 915 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: light red-brown to dark red-brown
  • Sapwood: fairly distinct, lighter in colour
 

Spot Characters:

  • thin layer of parenchyma narrowly surrounding the vessels
  • orange-brown coloured deposits present
  • rays are very fine, not visible to the naked eye
  • terminal parenchyma bands give rise to vague growth ring figure
  • vague stripe figure
 

Utilisation:

The timber is suitable for furniture manufacture, tool handles, door and window frames, plywood, heavy duty flooring and interior finishing like mouldings and skirtings.