Parashorea malaanonan tomentella Symington
Looking up the trunk into the canopy
Photograph by: tian yake
Parashorea tomentella is an evergreen tree with a dense, dome-shaped crown; it can grow up to 65 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be free of branches for up to 30 metres, up to 200cm in diameter with large buttresses[
Southeast Asia - Malaysia, Indonesia; endemic to the island of Borneo.
Locally abundant in mixed dipterocarp forests on fertile clay soils, growing on undulating land and alluvium, at elevations up to 200 metres[
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The heartwood is pinkish-white to light yellow or light brown, with pink shades, there are more or less frequent white lines from resin canals; it is not clearly demarcated from the 2 - 7cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain interlocked; there is no characteristic odour or taste. The wood is light to moderately heavy; soft to moderately hard; not very durable having a small resistance to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers and termites. It dries at a normal rate with only a slight risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools, though these need to be kept sharp in order to reduce the risk of tearing and the tendency to woolliness; the interlocked grain produces a broad stripe figure on quartersawn wood; filling is recommended in order to obtain a good finish; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for purposes such as light carpentry, interior panelling and joinery, furniture components, boxes and crates, formwork, veneer etc[
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