Scientific Name:

Calophyllum spp. (Family: Guttiferae)  

General Description:

A light hardwood coming from more than 45 species of Calophyllum. The trees are usually tall and slender reaching 30-36m height with girth ranging from 1 to 2m and occur throughout the country from lowlands to upper Montane forest.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 465-865 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: pink-brown, orange-red to red-brown
  • Sapwood: well defined, yellow-brown with a pink tinge

Spot Characters:

  • vessels medium-sized and exclusively solitary, arranged in bunches or oblique radial festoons.
  • parenchyma as distinct terminal bands and red-brown in colour giving rise to growth ring figure on the tangential surface.
  • rays fine and not visible to naked eyes.


The timber is suitable for light construction, flooring, panelling, joists, furniture manufacture, decorative solid doors, decking, boat construction, diving boards, veneer and plywood manufacture and wooden pallets. In several regions, the wood is much sought after for masts, spars, bridge work and scaffolding.