Putat Paya

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the timber of Planchonia spp. (Lecythidaceae). Vernacular names include putat paya (Sabah) and kasui (Sabah) for P. valida and putat nasi (Peninsular Malaysia) for P. grandis. The sapwood (up to 8 cm wide) is light yellow and distinctly demarcated from the heartwood, which is brown, dark brown or dark red-brown.

Also known as Red bombwe (India); Putat (Indonesia); Planchonia (Papua New Guinea); and Lamog (Philippines).


DENSITY

The timber is of medium to heavy weight with a density of 610-1,010 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is moderately durable to durable even in contact with the ground.


PRESERVATIVE TREATMENT

It is difficult to treat with preservatives.


TEXTURE

Texture is moderately fine to moderately coarse and even. Grain is interlocked.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

It is fairly easy to difficult to work and picking up of grain may occur on quarter-sawn material.


AIR DRYING

The timber is reported to be difficult to season.


SHRINKAGE

Shrinkage is moderate to high.


USES

The timber is suitable for medium construction, posts, beams, joists, rafters, tool handles. The timber is reported to be popular for temporary construction in logging operations such as bridge bearers and log launching skids.


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.