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INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Hunteria zeylanica (Apocynaceae). Vernacular names applied include kemuning (Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah) and kemuning hutan (Peninsular Malaysia). Only one species is recorded for Malaysia, viz. H. zeylanica. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is brown with an olive-green tinge.


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard to hard and moderately heavy to heavy with a density of 800-850 kg/m3 air dry.


TEXTURE

Texture is very fine and even, with interlocked grain.


USES

The small size of the trees precludes any extensive usage of this timber. The timber is suitable for carving, ornamental items, handles for tools and walking sticks. This timber has been used as a substitute for the true kemuning (Murraya spp.).


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.