Mempoyan

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Rhodamnia cinerea (Myrtaceae). No other vernacular names have been recorded. Only one species is recorded for this country. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is grey-brown with a purple-red tinge.

Also known as Merampujan (Indonesia).


DENSITY

The timber is very heavy with an average density of 1,025 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

It is moderately durable to very durable when exposed to the weather or in contact with the ground.


TEXTURE

Texture is fine and even, with shallowly interlocked grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber works reasonably well and turns well.


USES

The hard and durable timber of mempoyan is used in the construction of local houses, particularly for posts and for implements. It is also used to make good quality charcoal.


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.