Gelam Bukit

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the timber of Leptospermum javanicum (Myrtaceae). Vernacular names applied include china maki (Peninsular Malaysia). Only one species is recorded for this country, viz. L. javanicum. The sapwood is light brown and is only moderately sharply differentiated from the heartwood, which is brown with streaks of darker brown.

Also known as Malasulasi (Philippines).


DENSITY

The timber is hard and heavy with a density of 945-995 kg/m3 air dry.


TEXTURE

Texture is rather fine and even, with spiral or interlocked grain.


USES

The very small and crooked bole prevents any extensive usage of the timber. The timber is hard enough to be used as handles and other small objects.


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.