The TreeThe tree reaches a height of 36m to 45m with a diameter of 1.0m above the buttress.
The TimberThe sapwood is 30mm to 50mm wide, pale reddish in colour and not clearly distinguished from the heartwood which is pale pinkish-brown darkening with age. There appears to be some variation in colour in the timber from different localities in the Philippines, some having a light red heartwood, while much grown in Mindanao is dark reddish-brown. The grain may be straight, but more usually it is interlocked, with a characteristic regular wave, while the texture is fine and smooth although this may not apply to timber from all localities since the wood grown in Papua New Guinea is said to have a coarse and uneven texture. Weight about 750 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingDries reasonably well, but care must be taken to avoid warping and checking.
StrengthThe strength properties are similar to those of European beech.
Working QualitiesMedium - Works and machines fairly well, with only a moderate blunting effect on cutting edges. With attention to techniques a good finish can be obtained in planing and moulding. The wood takes glue and the normal finishing treatments satisfactorily.
Latin NamePometia pinnata
Also known asMalagai (UK), Malugay, agupanga (Philippines), Kasai (Solomons)