The TreeSome species can grow to a height of 30m or more.
The TimberThe sapwood of nyatoh timbers is lighter-coloured, but only moderately differentiated from the heartwood, which is deep pink-brown or red-brown. Planed surfaces generally without lustre; sometimes with a slight streaky figure on quarter-sawn surfaces. The grain is interlocked, and the texture moderately fine and even, and the wood weighs on average 720 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingThe wood dries at a moderate rate, with only a slight tendency to distortion, and a moderate tendency for surface checks to develop, more so around knots.
StrengthThe strength properties are similar to those of closely related makore (Tieghemella heckelii) of West Africa.
Working QualitiesMedium - Works reasonably well, there is some tendency for saws and cutters to blunt fairly rapidly, and for the grain to tear in planing and moulding quarter-sawn material. A reduction of cutting angle to 200 is beneficial. The wood gives excellent results in staining and polishing; it glues well, but tends to split when nailed.
Latin NamePalaquium spp, Palaquium maingayi, Palaquium rostratum, Palaquium xanthochymum, Palaquium cryptocariifolium, Palaquium gutta, Palaquium herveyi, Palaquium hexandrum, Palaquium hispidum, Palaquium microphylluin, Palaquium obovatum, Palaquium semaram, Palaquium walsurifolium, Payena maingayii, Payena dasphylla, Payena lanceolate, Payena obscura, Ganua motleyana
Also known asNjatuh (Indonesia), padang (UK)