Neobalanocarpus heimii. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)
A heavy hardwood. The trees can be found in low flat semi-swamps to hills up to 900m, but grow well on undulating land with light sandy oil. The bole is normally well shaped and clear for 30m or more.
- Density: 915-980 kg/m3
- Heartwood: yellow to light brown ageing to dark purple-brown, sometimes rust-red, and often has a greenish tinge when fresh.
- Sapwood: distinct, pale yellow
- distinct ripple marks
- vertical canals in long tangential series, usually much smaller than the vessels.
- vessels are small and crowded
- parenchyma aliform and in short tangential lines from ray to ray
- tyloses are abundant
- pin holes on surface are common
The timer is suitable for all forms of heavy construction, railway sleepers, bridges, wharves, power-line poles, heavy-duty furniture and flooring. A favourite timber used for boat building by local boat builders.