Perah Ikan

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the timber of Pimelodendron spp. (Euphorbiaceae). The ASEAN Standard Name, which is of Indonesian origin, is MEMINA. Vernacular names applied include perah (Peninsular Malaysia). Major species include P. griffithianum. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is light straw-coloured.

Also known as Memia, Mendoe, Sinto and Tambae (Indonesia).


DENSITY

The timber is soft to moderately hard and is light to moderately heavy with a density of 415-720 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is non-durable.


PRESERVATIVE TREATMENT

It can be treated easily with preservatives.


TEXTURE

Texture is moderately fine and even, with straight grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

Sawing of the timber is moderately easy with a relatively smooth finish. Machining properties are fair when green, but rated as poor when air dry.


SHRINKAGE

Shrinkage upon seasoning is moderate.


USES

The timber is used for general light or temporary construction, interior trim, lining, shelving, joinery, furniture, mouldings, tool handle for non-impact purposes 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.