Yellow Meranti

Yellow Meranti


Scientific Name:

Shorea spp. (Family: Dipterocarpaceae)  

General Description:

A light hardwood. The trees are small to very large and can be found in most areas of well-drained forests throughout the country.  

Timber Description:

  • 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

Spot Characters:

  • 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.