Light Red Meranti

Light Red Meranti


Scientific Name:

Shorea spp. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)  

General Description:

A light hardwood. Very similar in structure to Dark Red Meranti and Meranti Bakau. However, the timber is lighter in weight and colour as compared to Dark Red Meranti and Meranti Bakau. When compared with Meranti Bakau, Light Red Meranti is more lustrous on its surface,  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 385 - 755 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: light red or pink-brown
  • Sapwood: lighter in colour, usually greyish

Spot Characters:

  • vertical canals in long tangential series
  • horizontal canals present in two species (Shorea leprosula & Shorea Teysmaniana)
  • vessels medium to large
  • parenchyma in irregularly spaced bands containing resin canals
  • distinguished from Meranti Bakau by the density and Dark Red Meranti by colour
  • stripe figure on radial surface due to interlocked grain


The timber is very popular as a general utility timber, being suitable for furniture manufacture, interior finishing, panelling, partitioning, mouldings, skirtings, etc. The timber is also suitable for veneer and plywood manufacture.