Scientific Name:

Heritiera spp. (Family: Sterculiaceae)  

General Description:

A medium hardwood. The trees are medium to large sized and found widely scattered in the country. The colour, texture and grain resemble some Dark Red Meranti timbers.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 625 - 895 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: pink-brown, red-brown or dark brown
  • Sapwood: lighter in colour and not always sharply defined from the heartwood

Spot Characters:

  • vessel large and few in number
  • some of the large vessels with tail-like appendages of smaller vessels aligned radially
  • parenchyma mainly as short, narrow tangential between rays
  • rays of two distinct sizes
  • characteristic speckle on tangential surface suggestive of mosquito netting
  • coarse texture


The timber is suitable for plywood manufacture, flooring, interior finishing, furniture, panelling, general planking and glue-laminated components.