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Intsia Palembanica, Bijuga
Merbau 2400
Intsia Palembanica, Bijuga

Sapwood is well defined and pale yellow in colour. Heartwood is yellowish to orange brown when fresh, weathering to brown or dark red brown. Grain is interlocked. Texture is coarse but even. Growth rings are distinct. Vessels are often filled with a yellow or a white deposit, which is conspicuous on surface. The dark brown gummy substance readily leaches out in water. Also known as Kwila.

Properties

DENSITY 830
MODULUS OF RUPTURE MPA DRY 147
RADIAL SHRINKAGE 1.5%
HARDNESS (JANKA) (kN) 9.0
FINISH Good
DURABILITY Durable
MACHINING Good
SPLIT RESISTANCE Good
SPLIT RESISTANCE Fair
GLUING Good
GROWING REGION Asia Pacific
SPECIFIC GRAVITY 0.83
MODULUS OF ELASTICITY GPA DRY 18
TANGENTIAL SHRINKAGE 2.5%
STABILITY Good
AVAILABILITY Available
SUSCEPTIBLE TO LYCTUS BORER Yes

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