Pepulut

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the trees and timber of Chrysophyllum spp. (Sapotaceae). Vernacular names applied include pulut-pulut (Peninsular Malaysia). Major species include C. cainito, C. lanceolatum and C. oliviforme. Chrysophyllum cainito and C. oliviforme have been introduced from the Americas. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is white when freshly cut and darkens to straw-colour on exposure. Earlier limited test results indicated that the timber is very brittle.

Also known as Mempulut, Pais and Sawo bludru (Indonesia); Chrysophyllum (Papua New Guinea); Nato and White nato (Philippines); Lawulu (Sri Lanka); and Masang (Thailand).


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard to hard and moderately heavy to heavy with a density of 610-930 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is non-durable and the permeability of the timber is low.


TEXTURE

Texture is very fine and even, with straight or interlocked grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

It planes to a very smooth surface with little picking up especially on radial surface.


AIR DRYING

The timber seasons very well with little degrade but is susceptible to blue stain.


USES

The timber should be suitable for general planking and temporary structures. It can also be used for flooring, interior finishing, panelling, mouldings, partitioning, light tool handles, furniture, cabinet making 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.