Pupoi

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the trees and timber of Sarcotheca spp. (Oxalidaceae). Vernacular names applied include belimbing bulat (Sarawak), belimbing manik (Sarawak), buah piang (Sarawak), jintek-jintek (Peninsular Malaysia), setundok (Peninsular Malaysia), tabarus (Sabah) and various other localised names too numerous to be listed here. Major species include S. diversifolia, S. glauca, S. griffithii, S. macrophylla, S. ochracea and S. rubrinervis. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is straw-coloured.

Also known as Pupoi (Indonesia).


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard and moderately heavy with a density of 650-840 kg/m3 air dry.


NATRUAL DURABILITY

The timber is moderately durable.


TEXTURE

Texture is rather fine and even, with straight grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber is reported to be easy to work.


USES

The timber is used for roofing and interior works. It can also be used for furniture, agriculture implement, temporary construction and plywood.


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.