Melantai

Melantai

 

Scientific Name:

Shorea macroptera, S.cristata, S.macrophylla, S.pilosa, S.pinanga and S.scaberrima.  

General Description:

The timber which is also known as Kawang is Sabah, consists certain lightweight reddish and yellowish timbers produced by some Shorea spp. The timber is separated from the Red Merantis on the grounds that Melantai is usually lighter in density and tends to have a bright yellow tinge. Major species include S.macroptera,¬†S.cristata, S.macrophylla, S.pilosa, S.pinanga and S.scaberrima. The timber dries fairly fast without degrade.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 415-625 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: yellow-pink when freshly cut, weathering to a light pink colour with a yellow tinge.
  • Sapwood: moderately distinct from the heartwood
 

Spot Characters:

  • Texture is moderately coarse but even; grain is interlocked