This hard and heavy timber comes from Malaysia. It is very dense with high bending and crushing strengths. The wood is moderately difficult to work with machines as the interlocked grains and toughness has a blunting effect on tools. It is best to pre-dill for screwing and gluing results are variable. Very durable and immune from insect or fungal attack.
Sustainability: Not listed in the CITES Appendices but some members of the Shorea genus are listed on the IUCN Red List.
Common uses: Veneer, plywood, decking.
Comments: Due to its hardness, durability and relative availability, it is a very popular decking species in South Africa.