Scientific Name:

Pterospermum spp. (Family: Sterculiaceae)  

General Description:

Light Hardwood. Major species include P. diversifolium, P. jackianum, P. javanicum and P. subpeltatum. Also known as Hathipaila and Mayene (India); Badjo, Bajoe, Bajur Sulawesi, Banjoro, Bayur, Bodja, Medang lintah and Roembei (Indonesia); Taungpetwun (Myanmar); Bayok and Kulatingan (Philippines); and Welang (Sri Lanka).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 385-705 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: light red-brown and darkens to brown on exposure
  • Sapwood: creamy white to light yellow-brown and merges gradually into the heartwood 

Spot Characters:

  • non-durable under exposed conditions but would be moderately durable under cover
  • easily treated with preservatives
  • texture is moderately fine to slightly coarse and even with straight or shallowly interlocked grain


The timber is suitable for temporary light construction, flooring, cladding, planking, joinery, cabinet making, interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, tool handles for non-impact purposes, furniture, joists and staircase (apron lining, baluster, balustrade, carriage, handrail, riser, stringer, sprandrel framing, tread, bullnose, round end and winder).