Buah Keras Laut
The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Hernandia nymphaeifolia (Hernandiaceae). Vernacular names applied include baru laut (Peninsular Malaysia). Only one species has been recorded for this country, viz. H. nymphaeifolia. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is white or light olive-brown.
Also know as Evuevu (Fiji); Palatu (India); Bengkak, Morobiaoe and Moroembeaoe (Indonesia); and Koron-koron (Philippines).
The timber is soft and light with a density of 350-435 kg/m3 air dry.
It is non-durable.
The timber can be easily treated with preservatives.
The texture is moderately coarse but even, with straight grain.
The timber is very easy to work.
The timber seasons well but is susceptible to blue stain.
Shrinkage upon seasoning is moderate.
The timber is suitable for furniture, fish-net floats, wooden sandals and drawing boards.
Wong, T. M. 1982. A Dictionary of Malaysian Timbers. Revised by Lim, S. C. & Chung, R. C. K. Malayan Forest Record No. 30. Forest Research Institute Malaysia Kuala Lumpur. 201 pp.