Scientific Name:

Swintonia spp. (Family: Anacardiaceae)  

General Description:

A medium hardwood. The trees are mostly medium to large in size and distributed widely in lowland and mountain forests. Logs left in the open are likely to sustain severe attack by insects and staining fungi.  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 640 - 880 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: grey-brown, often with a pinkish tinge or reddish-brown
  • Sapwood: not well defined from the heartwood

Spot Characters:

  • vessels large and few
  • horizontal in irregularly-spaced bands
  • rays and parenchyma usually very distinct
  • distinct growth ring figure on flat-sawn surface


The timber is suitable for light and medium construction under cover. The attractively streaked corewood, if available , is suitable for high-class joinery and furniture. Other uses include interior finishing, panelling, partitioning and flooring. The timber has been successfully tried for rotary-cut veneers.