Mallotus floribundus (Blume) Mull. Arg.
Balik angin; Bow lasch (Vietnam); Bajch dafn (Vietnam); Nakau (Indonesia); Pik (Thailand); Tapen (Indonesia); Lo khon (Thailand); Nakau (Sumatra); Malotus mrambokan (Sabah); Blue blade; Maya-maya (Malaysia); Prik (Thailand); Pasu-pasu (Malaysia); Taung kado (Myanmar); Tula-tula (Philippines)
Mallotus anamiticus O. Kuntze
It is a small to medium sized tree, up to 25 m tall. The bole is straight to sinuous, up to 50 cm in diameter, occasionally with short or steep buttresses.
Mallotus trees are reported in primary evergreen rain forest, up to 2,000 m of altitude.
The flowers of M. floribundus are used as a spice for food.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in radial multiples of 4 or more common. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Occasionally tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Vessel-ray pits re Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cells and/or in fibers. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. 5 to 8 cells Rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Ray height more than 1 mm. Occasionally rays exclusively uniseriate. Prismatic crystals in radial alignment in procumbent ray cells (chambered cells). Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent) Fibers very thin walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is straw-colored or pale brown, not clearly differentiated from the sapwood.
Straight grain is reported in this species.
The texture varies from moderately fine to slightly coarse.
It is non-durable, it can be attacked by termites and marine borers.
It is easy to preserve.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be slow. The air drying of 15 mm thick boards takes about 3 months. Drying Defects: Cupping is reported in thin material, honeycombing in thicker material. Kiln Schedules: Schedule suggested for Yellow Meranti. Usually the timber dries well without any serious degrade, but the drying of boards over 50 mm thick is more difficult.
The behavior of this wood in sawing is considered to be fair to difficult because of its fibrous nature.
It is easy to machine.
Planing of this species is easy to fair.
This species has a fair behavior in finishing.
TURNING, TOOLS, tool handles, PACKING, OTHER AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, shoes, matches, particleboard