Mentulang

INTRODUCTION

The common Malaysian name for the trees and timber of Alangium spp. (Alangiaceae). Vernacular names applied include mentulang (Peninsular Malaysia) with various epithets, dadam (Sarawak), gadong hutan (Sabah), jadam (Sarawak), jadam paya (Sarawak), jenangan (Sarawak), kalong (Peninsular Malaysia), kondolon (Sabah), lidah kerbau (Peninsular Malaysia), lidah kerbau putih (Peninsular Malaysia), marapangi (Sabah), midong (Sarawak), salang rusa (Peninsular Malaysia), satu inchi (Sabah), sisit (Sarawak), telor buaya (Peninsular Malaysia), tinjau laut (Peninsular Malaysia) and various other localised names too numerous to be listed here. Major species include A. griffithii, A. havilandii, A. javanicum var. ebenaceum, A. kurzii, A. longiflorum, A. nobile, A. ridleyi and A. rotundifolium. The sapwood is moderately differentiated from the heartwood, which is chocolate- to cinnamon-brown.

Also known as Manata, Merlapang and Moroipo (Indonesia); Tabuya (Myanmar); Malat-apai (Philippines); and Pru (Thailand).


DENSITY

The timber is moderately hard and heavy with a density of 440-1,100 kg/m3 air dry.


NATURAL DURABILITY

The timber is non-durable.


TEXTURE

Texture is fine and even with straight to sometimes interlocked or wavy grain.


MACHINING PROPERTIES

It works well, bends easily and takes a high finish.


AIR DRYING

The timber seasons well with little defects.


USES

The timber can be used for house construction, furniture, cabinet works, carving, bobbins, spindles, tool handles, walking sticks, gunstocks and ornamental items.


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.