Scientific Name:

Tetramerista spp. (Family: Tetrameristaceae)  

General Description:

Medium Hardwood. Only one species is of importance in this country, viz. T. glabra. Also known as Amat (Brunei); and Bangkalis, Carega, Kayu malaka and Punak (Indonesia).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 625-800 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: pink-brown, weathering to light brown
  • Sapwood: lighter in colour and not always clearly defined from the heartwood

Spot Characters:

  • moderately durable
  • texture is moderately coarse but even, with straight, interlocked and sometimes spiral grain.
  • nailing property is rated as good 
  • normally free from defects, but some ambrosia-beetle attacks have been noted in some punah timber.


The timber is suitable for all forms of heavy construction under cover, posts, beams, joists, rafters, heavy duty and general furniture, flooring (heavy traffic), piling, columns (light duty), railway sleepers (treated), vehicle bodies (framework, floor boards and planking), piling, door and window frames and sills, staircase (baluster, handrail, newel and sprandrel framing), joinery, cabinet making, cooling tower (structural members) as well as telegraphic and power transmission posts and cross arms.