Mersawa

Mersawa

 

Scientific Name:

Anisoptera spp. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)  

General Description:

A light hardwood. The trees can grow to a very large size. The timber is commonly used for plywood manufacture in Malaysia. Colour of the wood is very even and rather featureless on the surface.  

Timber Description

  • Density: 515-735 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: yellow-brown, often with a rose tinge, ageing to straw-brown
  • Sapwood: not distinct
 

 Spot Characters:

  • vertical canals mostly diffuse, occasionally in tangential series
  • vessel medium to moderately large and exclusively solitary
  • white vessel deposits common
  • tyloses present
  • rays of two distinct sizes
  • parenchyma in short tangential lines from ray to ray
 

Utilisation:

The timber is extremely popular as a veneer and plywood species. Other uses include light construction, furniture manufacture, pallets, boxes and crates.