Terentang

Terentang

 

Scientific Name:

Campnosperma spp. (Family: Anacardiaceae)  

General Description:

Light Hardwood. Major species include C. auriculatum, C. coriaceum and C. squamatum. Also known as Terentang (Brunei); Pauh lebi, Terentang and Tumbus (Indonesia); Campnosperma (Papua New Guinea); Karamati (Soloman Islands); Aridda (Sri Lanka); and Huasum, Nangpron and Sangtrang (Thailand).  

Timber Description:

  • Density: 320-560 kg/m3
  • Heartwood: bright pink when fresh and takes on a grey tinge on exposure
  • Sapwood: not clearly defined from the heartwood
 

Spot Characters:

  • texture is fine and even, with interlocked grain
  • nailing property is rated as excellent
  • small areas of spongy heart may be present in some logs, in which minute compression failures or cross-breaks may occur. The logs are liable to split through the pith but other forms of splits or checks and natural defects are not common. Shot-hole and pin-hole borers may occur both in the sapwood and heartwood (probably after felling) but this is usually slight. Staining may occur from the ends of logs or where bark has been removed.
 

Utilisation:

The timber is suitable for match-boxes, match splints, pencil, packing boxes and crates, ornamental items, plywood, disposable chopsticks, ladies' shoe soles, sandals, toothpicks and particleboard.