The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Porterandia anisophyllea (Rubiaceae). Vernacular names applied include bembalor (Sabah). Only a single species, viz. Porterandia anisophyllea, has been reported to be used for its timber. The sapwood of the timber is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is pale brown with a pink tinge.
The timber is moderately hard to hard and moderately heavy to heavy with a density of 645-720 kg/m3 air dry.
The timber is reputed to be moderately durable.
Texture is fine and even, with straight grain.
It is reported to be easy to saw. It also machines and turns well and finishes to a good surface.
The timber has been used for fencing, beams, walking sticks, tools and implements. It has also been tested and found to have good pulping properties.
Wong, T.M. 1982. A Dictionary of Malaysian Timbers. Revised by Lim, S.C. & Chung R.C.K. Malayan Forest Records No. 30. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 201 pp.