Malabera Bukit

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Mussuendopsis beccariana (Rubiaceae). Vernacular names applied include mempedal babi (Peninsular Malaysia). Only one species has been recorded for this country, viz. M. beccariana. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is orange-yellow with orange streaks.

Also known as Patin, Rambai tiang, Selumar putih and Selumar terung (Indonesia); and Chan chu kang (Singapore).


DENSITY

The timber is hard and heavy with a density of 915-930 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is reported to be durable when exposed to the weather.


TEXTURE

Texture is fine and even, with interlocked grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber is reported to be rather difficult to saw.


USES

The timber has been used as substitute for the more durable belian timber and reported to be suitable for construction posts, shingles and boat building.


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.