Potoxylon melagangai (Symington) Kosterm.
Malagangai; Belian kebuau (Malaysia); Belian malagangai (Borneo); Melagangai (Malaysia); Belian malagangai (Malaysia); Legangai (Brunei Darussalam); Belian kapok (Malaysia); Tebillian kebuau (Brunei Darussalam)
Eusideroxylon melagangai Symington
It is an evergreen, small to medium-sized tree up to 25 m tall. The bole is straight and cylindrical, up to 100 cm in diameter, with small, rounded buttresses up to 2 m high or with a mattress of slender roots at base.
Pometia pinnata is typical in primary lowland evergreen and mixed dipterocarp forests, up to 300 m of altitude.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Occasionally vessels per mm2 less than 6. Vessel-ray pits reticulate and/or foraminate. Simple perforation plates. Intervessel pits large, 10 micras or more. Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Occasionally paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Axial parenchyma aliform. Axial parenchyma confluent. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally larger rays more than 4 seriate. Oil and/or mucilage cells associated with the axial and/or ray parenchyma (idioblasts). Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with mostly 2 to 4 rows of upright and/or square margin Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is brown with a distinct reddish tinge, sharply differentiated from the yellowish sapwood when freshly cut.
The grain is usually straight.
Texture is mostly moderately fine and even.
This species is reported to be very durable.
Ease of Drying: Drying is rather slow and sometimes difficult to perform. Drying Defects: Risks of checks and distortions. Kiln Schedules: Schedule proposed as a reference by comparison with well known species taking into account to the general technological behavior of this species.
Wood of this species is easy to cut.
This species is easy to plane.
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