Mensirah

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the timber of Ilex spp. (Aquifoliaceae). Vernacular names applied include bangkulatan (Sabah), morogis (Sabah) and timah-timah (Peninsular Malaysia). Major species include I. cissoidea and I. cymosa. The sapwood is not differentiated from the heartwood, which is white and darkens on exposure to yellow-brown.

Also known as Mensira gunung (Indonesia).


DENSITY

The timber is of medium density, ranging 560-595 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is non-durable, subject to attacks by sapstain fungi.


TEXTURE

The grain is straight and the texture is fine but uneven due to the presence of the broad rays. The split surface has a considerable sheen.


AIR DRYING

The timber is reported to season well with only slight splitting.


USES

This genus is rather rare in occurrence and coupled with its small size, the timber is very unlikely to be of any commercial importance. The timber has been tried successfully for match splints and may be a good furniture timber if available in large enough quantities.


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.