Species: Kapur

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Species profile
The wood varies from red brown to pink brown. Camphor smell. Presence of thin resin veins. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.74 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal to fairly high; peeling is reported to be good and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct. Possible oxidation in contact with iron. Resin exudation sometimes troublesome in gluing. It dries slowly. Possible resin exudation during kiln drying.

Kapur is very durable to durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).

Kapur can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. furniture, veneer, flooring, stairs, boxes and crates, formwork, joinery, tool handles
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, paneling, bridges, heavy carpentry, joinery, vehicle or container flooring

Staining of runoff waters.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:DIPTEROCARPACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Kapur, Kapur Kayatan, Kapur Sintuk, Petanang, Paigie, Kapur Kejatan, Kapur Empedu, Kapur Singkel, kapur Tanduk, Borneo Camphorwood, Swamp Kapur, Keladan,
Scientific name(s)
Dryobalanops spp.,
Typical use
Flooring, Wood frame house, Exterior panelling, Formwork, Stairs (inside), Shingles, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Interior joinery, Turned goods, Heavy carpentry, Exterior joinery, Current furniture or furniture components, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Vehicle or container flooring, Veneer for interior of plywood, Boxes and crates, Tool handles (resilient woods),
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Red Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:60 (+/- 9) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,74 (+/- 0,07)
Static bending strength:110 (+/- 26) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable - sapwood demarcated
Fungi:Class 1-2 - Very durable to durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
Treatability:Class 4 - Not permeable
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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