Mallotus philippensis var. pallida Airy Shaw
Balik angin; Kamala tree; Croton tinctorial (France); Red berry; Kapasan (Indonesia); Hpawng-awn (Myanmar); Galuga furu (Indonesia); Minyak madja (Malaysia); Banato (Philippines); Pangaplasin (Philippines); Tagusala (Philippines); Annadaa (Cambodia); Khaay paax (Laos); Rottliere des teinturiers (France); Ki meyong (Indonesia); Rambai kucing (Malaysia); Kasirau (Malaysia); Tangx thoom (Laos); Kai khat hin (Thailand); Khee nuea (Thailand); Kham saet (Thailand); Khiiz moon (Laos)
Rottlera tinctoria Roxb; Mallotus reticulatus Dunn; Mallotus pallidus (Airy Shaw) Airy Shaw
It is a small tree growing to a height of 10 m and 15 cm in diameter. The bole is short, generally cylindrical but fluted near the base. The buttresses are absent.
Mallotus philippensis is a pioneer species, typical of secondary forests.
It is used as a nurse tree for Sal (Shorea robusta) plantations. The fruit yields an orange dye. This species is reported to have anti-parasitic properties against skin infections.
Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in radial multiples of 4 or more common. Occasionally tyloses common. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Vessel-ray pits reticulate and/or foramina Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally axial parenchyma in narrow bands on lines up to 3 cells wide. Ray height more than 1 mm. Ray width 1 to 3 cells. Occasionally rays exclusively uniseriate. Prismatic crystals in radial alignment in procumbent ray cells (chambered cells). Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells ( Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits. Fibers very thin walled.
The heartwood is straw-colored or pale brown, not clearly differentiated from the sapwood.
The grain is frequently straight.
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 treat with preservatives.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is slow, it is reported to be difficult. The air drying of 12 mm thick boards takes about 4 months. Drying Defects: It is prone to end splitting. There may be slight cupping, bowing or springing, and moderate checking occurring. Kiln Schedules: Schedule suggested for Balau.
Sawmilling of this species is reportedly fair to difficult.
Wood processing is reported to be easy.
Planing operations are easy to fair.
Nailing properties of this wood are reported as good to fair.
Finishing of this wood is rated as fair.
Staining of this wood is rated as good to fair.
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