Rambutan Pachat

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the trees and timber of Xerospermum spp. (Sapindaceae). Vernacular names applied include ilat (Sarawak), kikir buntal (Peninsular Malaysia), resat (Sabah) and tundun biawak (Sarawak). Major species include X. laevigatum and X. noronhianum. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is light brown.  


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard to hard and heavy to very heavy with a density of 880-1,040 kg/m3 air dry.


TEXTURE

Texture is moderately fine and even, with straight grain.


USES

The timber of rambutan pachat has been used for construction, carts, ploughs and rice pounder.


REFERENCE

  1. 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.