Kembang Semangkok

Kembang Semangkok


Scientific Name:

 Scaphium spp. (Family: Sterculiaceae)  

General Description:

Light Hardwood, there are four species of kembang semangkok found in Peninsular Malaysia. Vernacular names applied include kembang semangkok (Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak) with various epithets. Major species include S. linearicarpum, S. longiflorum, S. macropodum and S. scaphigerum.   

Timber Description:

  • Density: 515-755 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: yellow-brown, light buff or light brown
  • Sapwood: lighter in shade and merges gradually into the heartwood,

Spot Characters:

  • moderately durable under exposed conditions. The sapwood appears to be susceptible to blue stain fungal infection and to powder-post beetle attacks. 
  • very easily treated with preservatives
  • texture is slightly coarse and uneven, due to the broad rays and wide layers of parenchyma. Grain is straight or shallowly interlocked
  • nailing property is rated as good


The broad rays and the terminal bands of parenchyma produce a very attractive figure, making the timber very suitable for interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, cabinet making, joinery, furniture, plywood and staircase (apron lining, handrail and sprandrel framing). It is also suitable for posts, beams, joists, rafters, pallets (expendable and permanent light duty) and cooling tower (non structural members). In Thailand, it has been successfully used in the manufacture of match splints.