Species of the family Sapotaceae (mainly from the genera Madhuca, Palaquium and Payena)
A light hardwood. The trees range from small to large and widely found in the lowlands, freshwater swamps, sea coast and mountains. The bark tends to exude a white latex when injured.
- Density: 400-1,075 kg/m3 but majority of the timber are within the range of 640-720 kg/m3
- Heartwood: deep pink-brown or red-brown
- Sapwood: fairly distinct, lighter in colour
- vessel medium sized and arranged in radial groups in chain like formation
- parenchyma tissue in narrow, closely spaced bands
- rays very fine, not visible to naked eyes
- vague growth ring figure on flat-sawn surface
Nyatoh is a popular timber for furniture and solid door manufacture. It is suitable for high-class decorative interior finishing such as panelling and partitioning. Other uses include strip and parquet flooring, ceilings, boat decking, staircases, rotary and sliced veneers, plywood and pallets.