This species is very similar to Litsea firma (Blume) Hook.f.[
Malapoenna castanea (Hook.f.) Kuntze
Litsea castanea is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 41 metres tall. The bole can be up to 87cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and is also traded as 'medang' timber[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
An upper canopy tree in undisturbed mixed dipterocarp, keranga and sub-montane forests; usually on ridges with sandy soils, but also found on limestone; at elevations up to 1,900 metres[
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The wood is used for planks and construction[
There are a number of tree species (including this one) from Peninsular Malaysia that are in the family Lauraceae and produce a useful timber that is either not distinct enough in itself, or is in insufficient supply, to warrant being traded individually. These various species have been lumped together under the trade name ‘medang’[
We do not have a specific description of the wood from this species, but a general description of medang timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is very variable, from light-straw to red-brown and olive brown; the sapwood is ill-defined. The texture is moderately fine but even; the grain interlocked or wavy; the surface dull. The wood is not durable. It is easy to slightly difficult to resaw, and easy to moderately easy to cross-cut; easy to plane and the surface produced is smooth to moderately smooth. It is suitable for decorative work such as interior finishing, panelling, furniture and cabinet making. It is also suitable for plywood manufacture, whilst the heavier species are suitable for medium construction under cover[
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