Jelutong (Dyera costulata)

Name Dyera costulata
Synonyms Jelutong
native distribution Indonesia, Malaysia
Biology 30-60m height, 150cm diameter, no buttresses
Ecology tall, dominant canopy tree
Habitat primary lowland or hill forest, up to 300m altitude; clayey to sandy soils, well drained; in secondary forests usually present as pre-disturbance remnant
Wood Heartwood initially white to yellowish brown, sapwood is not clearly distinguished; straight grain, occasionally interlocked; uniform medium to fine texture; good luster; average dried weight 465 kg/m3 (15% moisture content); not durable to perishable but readily permeable to preservatives; easy to work with manually or mechanically; nailing is poor; distinct sour odor while beeing processed; easy to dry with little tendency to split or warp; APPLICATION: interior joinery, blockboard, veneer, for furniture, patternmaking, carving, small specialty wood items (e.g. pencils, picture frames, wooden shoes)
NTFPs Latex is used for chewing gums, linoleum and insulation of electric cables; resinous fruits are used for medical purposes, also used as torches or burnt as mosquito repellent; roots are a substitude for cork;
Other Info may cause skin irritation when processed; no CITES restriction