Intsia Palembanica (Family: Leguminosae)
A heavy hardwood, A large tree reaching a height of 42 m and a diameter of 0.9 m. A rather hard and heavy timber commonly used for high quality reproduction 'antique' furniture. This timber is also highly sought after for the production of strip flooring.
- Density: 515 - 1,040 kg/m3
- Heartwood: yellowish to orange-brown when fresh, darkening to brown or dark red-brown on exposure
- Sapwood: pale yellow to light buff, sharply differentiated from the heartwood
- timber heavy
- vague growth rings figure presence
- wood parenchyma vasicentric to aliform and also in terminal parenchyma bands
- suplhur-yellow (sometimes dark-coloured) deposits common in vessels
Merbau is a very attractive wood, with its growth ring figure and deep colour. The timber is suitable for interior flooring, panelling, strip and parquet flooring, superior joinery, cabinet-making, musical instruments, decorative and novelty items, veneers and power transmission poles. The timber is widely used for the manufacture of strip flooring.