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General Description
Tree & Wood Descriptions for: Scorodocarpus borneensis

Product Sources

It is currently unknown whether some material from this species is available from sustainably managed, salvaged, recycled, or other environmentally responsible sources.

Tree Data

The tree may reach a height of 125 feet (37.5 m), with a trunk diameter that is commonly 24 inches (60 cm), but may reach 60 inches (150 cm). Boles are reported to be often about 70 feet (21 m) long.

Sapwood Color

The sapwood is described as light yellow and may have a transitional red-brown region.

Heartwood Color

The heartwood is described as dark red brown to purple brown and darkens after prolonged exposure. There may be a red-brown intermediate zone between heartwood and sapwood. Vessel lines may produce silver flecks on longitudinal surfaces.


The grain is shallowly to deeply interlocked.


The texture is described as moderately fine.


Wood surface is described as dull or low in luster.


There is a strong garlic smell when the wood is freshly-cut and a peppery smell after it dries. No distinctive taste reported.

Natural Durability

The wood is reported to be fairly durable and has moderate resistance to decay and termite attack. It is reported to be susceptible to attack by longhorn beetle and has good resistance to marine borer attack.

Resistance to Impregnation

The heartwood is reported to be fairly resistant to preservative treatment but the sapwood is permeable.

Strength Properties

The bending strength of air-dried wood of the species is similar to that of Teak, which is considered to be strong. Compression strength parallel to grain in the air-dry condition is high. Teak, White oak, and Hard maple have high crushing strength. It is fairly hard, resisting wear, denting, and marring fairly well. The weight is very high. The wood is very dense.