Taun

Taun

Taun

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Taun

The Tree
The tree reaches a height of 36m to 45m with a diameter of 1.0m above the buttress.

The Timber
The 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.

Drying
Dries reasonably well, but care must be taken to avoid warping and checking.

Strength
The strength properties are similar to those of European beech.

Working Qualities
Medium - 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 Name
Pometia pinnata

Also known as
Malagai (UK), Malugay, agupanga (Philippines), Kasai (Solomons)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Coarse

Origin
South Pacific.