Kasap

INTRODUCTION

The Standard Malaysian Name as well as the ASEAN Standard Name for the timber of Gironniera spp. (Ulmaceae). Vernacular names applied include ampas tebu (Sabah), hampas tebu (Peninsular Malaysia), medang kasap (Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak) and various other localised names too numerous to be listed here. Major species include G. nervosa, G. parvifolia and G. subaequalis. The sapwood is not defined from the heartwood, which is yellow-white in colour.

Also known as Lali (India); and Alit, Enta buluh, Katul, Ki bulu, Medang, Siluk and Tatangan (Indonesia).


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard and moderately heavy with a density of 530-675 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is not durable.


TEXTURE

Texture is fine and even with straight grain.


AIR DRYING

The timber is reported to be liable to severe splitting when seasoned.


USES

The timber is occasionally used for house building under cover like planking, beams and flooring.


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.