Kerlik

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Rhodoleia championi (Hamamelidaceae). Vernacular name applied include keruntum (Peninsular Malaysia). Only one species has been recorded in this country, viz. R. championi. This genus is absent in Sabah and Sarawak. The sapwood is lighter in colour but not sharply defined from the heartwood which is red-brown.

Also known as Kasiebranah and Sialagundi (Indonesia).

  
DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard and moderately heavy with a density of 640-800 kg/m3 air dry.


TEXTURE

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


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber is reported to machine easily and produces a high finish.


AIR DRYING

The timber is reputed to season moderately fast, with slight end-splitting and some surface-checking as the only sources of degrade.


USES

The timber is suitable for interior finishing, panelling and mouldings.


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.