Common Name: Tamaran
Tree growing at the Rainforest Discovery Center, Sepilok, Sabah, MALAYSIA
Photograph by: Bernard DUPONT
Tamaran is an evergreen tree growing up to 40 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 100cm in diameter with buttress up to 300cm high[
A fibre obtained from the trees is used to make cloth[
]. The wood is traded as a source of the timber 'terap'.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia.
Evergreen forests at elevations up to 540 metres[
]. lowland and hill mixed dipterocarp forests, at elevations up to 600 metres[
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In general, species in this genus prefer a deep, well-drained soil; young plants need some shade, but need increasing light levels as they mature[
A cloth is made from the bark[
The wood is a source of the timber 'terap'[
We have no specific information for this species, but the general description of terap timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is yellow to pale brown; it is usually not differentiated from the sapwood. The texture is moderately coarse to coarse and even; the grain is interlocked. The wood is non-durable under tropical conditions. It seasons fairly slowly, with high shrinkage and slight bowing, cupping and checking. It is generally easy to work; saws well; planes easily but leaves a rough finish on radial surfaces; bores and turns easily, but leaves a rough finish;nailing property is good; can be peeled satisfactorily and is suitable for plywood production. Locally, the wood is used for light construction, for making boxes, crates, wooden pallets and veneer. The wood is sometimes nicely figured and therefore is suitable for decorative purposes like furniture, joinery and panelling[
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