Menggambong

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the tree and timber of Vernonia arborea (Compositae). Vernacular names applied include medang gambong (Peninsular Malaysia), medang lempong (Peninsular Malaysia) and tapong-tapong (Sabah). Only one species has been recorded in this country, viz. V. arborea. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is light straw-coloured.

Also known as Merabung (Indonesia); and Malasambong (Philippines).


DENSITY

The timber is soft and light with a density of 305-465 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

It is non-durable.


TEXTURE

Texture is rather coarse but even, with straight grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

The timber can be worked easily.


AIR DRYING

The timber seasons well.


USES

Uses of the timber include temporary construction, household appliances and matches, carving and wooden clogs.


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.