Scientific Name:

Strombosia javanica (Family: Olacaceae)  

General Description:

 Light Hardwood, monotypic timber. Also known as Entelung and Kayu Kacang (Indonesia); and Banata (Myanmar).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 580-720 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: pale yellow with an olive-brown tinge, darkening to light orange-brown
  • Sapwood: lighter in colour than the heartwood

Spot Characters:

  • moderately durable
  • texture is fine and even with straight or interlocked grain
  • nailing property is rated as good


The timber is suitable for general utility purposes, medium construction under cover, posts, beams, joists, rafters, railway sleepers, packing boxes and crates, joinery, cabinet-making, plywood, interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, partitioning, staircase (angle blocks, rough brackets, apron lining and balustrades), pallets for both expendable and permanent types (light duty) and furniture. In Indonesia, it has been successfully used in the manufacture of bent works like badminton rackets.