Pepauh

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the timber of Melicope spp. (Rutaceae). The ASEAN Standard Name, which is of Indonesian origin, is SAMPANG. Vernacular names applied include chabang tiga (Peninsular Malaysia), leban nasi (Peninsular Malaysia) and pauh-pauh (Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah). Major species include M. glabra and M. lunu-ankenda. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is light yellow-white with a light orange tinge in some specimens.

Also known as Beysamlek and Svaisnor (Cambodia); Sampang (Indonesia); Kinthat-putgyi and Thipyu (Myanmar); and Phia krating (Thailand).


DENSITY

The timber is soft and light with a density of 480-545 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

It is reputed to be non-durable under exposed conditions.


TEXTURE

The texture is fine and even, with straight or shallowly interlocked grain.


STRENGTH PROPERTIES

The timber is reported to be fairly strong and falls into Strength Group C (Burgess,1958).


USES

The timber is suitable for interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, plywood, packing boxes and crates as well as for carving and ornamental items.


REFERENCES

  1. Burgess, H. J. 1958. Strength Grouping of Malaysian Timbers. Malayan Forest Service Trade Leaflet No. 25. The Malaysian Timber Industry Board and Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 15 pp.
  2. Wong, T. M. 1982. A Dictionary of Malaysian Timbers. Revised by Lim, S. C. & Chung, R. C. K. Malayan Forest Records No. 30. Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. 201 pp.