Ara

Ara

 

Scientific Name:

Ficus spp. (Family: Moraceae)  

General Description:

Light Hardwood. Major species include F. callosa, F. fistulosa, F. lamponga, F. magnoliifolia, F. microcarpa, F. racemosa, F. sundaica, F. superba, F. tinctoria, F. variegata, F. vasculosa, F. virens and F. viridicarpa. Also known as Fig (India); Ara, Bunut, Karet and Kundang (Indonesia); Deua kiang, Mai deaua kham and Mai do (Laos); Nyaung (Myanmar); Papua New Guinea fig (Papua New Guinea); Balete (Philippines); Sai (Thailand); and Chi da and Sung (Vietnam).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 350-640 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: light yellow-brown or in various shades of yellow to pink-grey
  • Sapwood: not differentiated from the heartwood

Spot Characters:

  • non-durable
  • texture is slightly coarse and uneven due to the presence of abundant parenchyma. Grain is interlocked

Utilisation:

The timber is suitable for plywood, disposable chopsticks, packing boxes and crates, wooden sandals, panelling, mouldings and ornamental items.