Scientific Name:

Dryobalanops spp.(Family:┬áDipterocarpaceae)  

General Description:

A medium hardwood. The trees are generally tall and cylindrical. Mainly found in the East Coast states of Peninsular Malaysia.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 580 - 820 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: rose-red to deep red or reddish-brown
  • Sapwood: distinct, greyish or pale yellow

Spot Characters:

  • vertical canals in long tangential series mostly free of resin
  • vessels exclusively solitary, occasionally blocked by tyloses
  • sometimes with distinct ripple marks
  • camphor - like odour when fresh
  • pin holes caused by ambrosia beetles are common


The timber is suitable for medium construction, posts, beams, joists, rafters, flooring, plywood manufacture, laboratory benches and railway sleepers (treated).