Shorea spp. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)
A light hardwood. The trees are small to very large and can be found in most areas of well-drained forests throughout the country.
- Density: 575-735 kg/m3
- Heartwood: light yellow-brown, often with greenish or olive tinge, ageing to light brown
- Sapwood: lighter in colour and fairly distinct
- vessels medium sized with tendency to align in oblique rows
- vertical canals in long tangential series
- horizontal canals present but may not be seen under a lens
- parenchyma as irregularly spaced bands containing resin canals
- rays yellow in colour
The timber is suitable for general utility purposes, planking, light construction, panelling and partitioning, furniture manufacture, flooring and pallets. This timber is highly prized as a plywood species.