Gerok

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Exbucklandia populnea (Hamamelidaceae). No other vernacular name has been recorded and only one species, viz. E. populnea, is found in this country. The sapwood is lighter in colour but not sharply differentiated from the heartwood, which is deep red-brown with a purple tinge.

Also known as Pipli (India); Kapas-kapas (Indonesia); and Pho sam hang (Thailand).


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard and moderately heavy with an average density of 785 kg/m3 air dry.


TEXTURE

Texture is fine and even, with shallowly to broadly interlocked grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber has been reported to saw with some difficulties but peels well.


AIR DRYING

The timber is reputed to season very slowly, with bad splitting.


USES

The timber, if found in any quantity, should be suitable for plywood, light to medium construction under cover, interior works, flooring and general carpentry.


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.