Pauh Kijang

Pauh Kijang


Scientific Name:

Irvingia malayana (Family: Simaroubaceae)  

General Description:

Medium Hardwood, ASEAN Standard Name for the timber, which is of Thai origin, is KABOK. Vernacular name for the tree, pauh kijang, is uniformly applied throughtout the country. Only one species, viz. I. Malayana, is recorded in this region.Also known as Cay and Chambak (Cambodia); Bongin and Pauh Kijang (Indonesia); Bok (Laos); and Kabok (Thailand).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 930-1,250 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: yellow-brown with a slight green tinge. A dark grey-brown striped core is found in some logs
  • Sapwood: lighter in colour

Spot Characters:

  • not durable in contact with the ground because it is readily attacked by termites but is slightly more resistant to fungi
  • texture is moderately fine and even, with shallowly interlocked grain
  • nailing property is rated as poor
  • free from defects although mature logs are liable to be hollow. The living tree is subject to borer attacks


The timber is not often exploited due to the high buttresses and poor form. It is also very hard and difficult to work. The timber is, however, suitable for heavy construction if treated, piles, railway sleepers, heavy duty furniture, fender supports, flooring (heavy traffic), door and window frames and sills, posts, beams, joists, rafters, telegraphic and power transmission posts and cross arms, tool handles (impact), staircase (carriage, newel, riser, stringer, tread, bullnose, round end and winder) and vehicle bodies (framework and floor boards). The dark streaky core is suitable for decorative works, panelling, mouldings, joinery and cabinet making.