Tetranthera perrottetii Blume
Litsea perrottetii is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 36 metres tall. The bole can be 45 - 60cm in diameter, with short buttresses in drier land or with stilt roots and pneumatophores when in swampy land[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and also traded as 'medang' timber.
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Mainly found in secondai'y forests, at low and medium elevations[
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The heartwood is creamy white, easily staining to greenish gray or light brown if not rapidly seasoned; it is scarcely distinguishable from the sapwood. The texture is rather coarse; the grain somewhat crossed in broad belts. The wood is light in weight and soft; somewhat durable, but is occasionally attacked by insects. Except for staining, it seasons very well. It is very easy to work, taking a smooth and somewhat glossy surface under sharp tools. It is used for purposes such as panelling for doors, altars, wardrobes, carriages; ceiling and sheathing; musical instruments; cabinetwork; pyrography[
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 soft to moderately hard, not very 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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