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).
The timber is of medium to heavy weight with a density of 610-1,010 kg/m3 air dry.
The timber is moderately durable to durable even in contact with the ground.
It is difficult to treat with preservatives.
Texture is moderately fine to moderately coarse and even. Grain is interlocked.
It is fairly easy to difficult to work and picking up of grain may occur on quarter-sawn material.
The timber is reported to be difficult to season.
Shrinkage is moderate to high.
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.
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.