Scientific Name:

 Elateriospermum tapos (Family: Euphorbiaceae)  

General Description:

Medium Hardwood. Only one species is recorded, viz. E. tapos. Also known as Guhum, Kelampai, Lapak gari, Luba gunung, Pala, Para, Satan and Tapus (Indonesia); and Pee-ra and Pra (Thailand).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 735-1,235 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: dark brown with a red tinge and streaked alternately with lighter and darker stripes. A central core of darker coloured wood may be found in some trees
  • Sapwood: light yellow-brown

Spot Characters:

  • non-durable and is susceptible to termite and powder-post beetle attacks
  • texture is moderately fine and even with straight or shallowly interlocked grain


The timber is suitable for medium and heavy construction indoors and when treated, should be suitable for all heavy construction, railway sleepers, flooring, tool handles (impact), columns (light duty), fence posts, telegraphic and power line posts and cross arms.