The common Malaysian name for the trees and timber of Kibatalia spp (Apocynaceae). No other vernacular names have been recorded. Major species include K. arborea and K. maingayi. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is white in colour.
Also known as Kayu santen and Ki benteli (Indonesia); Lanete (Philippines); and Badu-bu-wae (Thailand).
The timber is soft and light, with an average density of 450 kg/m3 air dry.
It is non-durable and is readily attacked by sapstain fungi.
Texture is fine and even, with straight grain.
The timber is soft and very easy to work.
Shrinkage upon seasoning is low, but the timber needs to be dried rapidly to prevent stain.
The timber is suitable for small objects like musical instruments, picture frames, fixtures, pencil slats, toothpicks, knife sheaths, spools, polo balls, checker boards and pieces, pattern making, carving and matches.
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.