Mussaendopsis beccariana Baillon
Rambai tiang (Sumatra); Chan chu kang (Singapore); Merlimau (Malaysia); Melabira bukit (Malaysia); Rambai tiang (Indonesia); Patin (Indonesia); Selumar putih (Indonesia)
It is a medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 35 m tall. The bole is often fluted, up to 65 cm in diameter, with buttresses up to 2 m high, sometimes with stilt roots.
Mussaendopsis beccariana prefers lowland forests below 500 m of altitude, it is often found in swampy, riverine or lakeside vegetation, or in freshwater swamp forests.
Wood diffuse porous. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Vestured pits. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Occasionally helical thickenings in vessel elements present. Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pit Occasionally axial parenchyma absent or extremely rare, non visible with magnifying glass (8x). Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. 5 t 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-I). Body ray cells procumbent with mostly 2 to 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-II). Septate fibers present. Fibers very thick walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is orange-yellow with orange streaks, not clearly differentiated from the sapwood.
The grain is usually straight.
The texture is moderately fine and even.
It is durable when exposed to the weather or in contact with the ground. In contact with wet soil it lasts for at least 5 years.
Drying Defects: It is liable to checking and splitting.
Wood of this species is difficult to cut.
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