Buah Keras Laut

INTRODUCTION

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).


DENSITY

The timber is soft and light with a density of 350-435 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILTY

It is non-durable.


PRESERVATIVE TREATMENT

The timber can be easily treated with preservatives.

  
TEXTURE

The texture is moderately coarse but even, with straight grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber is very easy to work.


AIR DRYING

The timber seasons well but is susceptible to blue stain.


SHRINKAGE

Shrinkage upon seasoning is moderate.


USES

The timber is suitable for furniture, fish-net floats, wooden sandals and drawing boards.


REFERENCE

  1. 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.