Species: Pulai

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Species profile
The wood is cream white to light yellow, aspect slightly lustrous. The sapwood is not clearly demarcated. The grain is straight and the texture is medium. The grain is sometimes irregular or oblique. Presence of latex canals. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.45 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal; peeling is reported to be good and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Keep sharp tools to avoid fuzzy surfaces. Filling is recommended in order to obtain a good finish. Nailing is poor and gluing is correct. It dries rapid and there is a risk of blue stain during drying.

Pulai is not durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood).

Pulai can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. boxes and crates, matches, veneer, panelling, furniture, joinery, moulding

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:APOCYNACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Milk Wood, Chatian, Shaitanwood, Sepati, Pulai, Letok, Taun Me Ok, White Cheese Wood, Linog, Thia, Pagoda Tree, Chatiyan, Mai Tin Pet, Sega, Dita, Rukattana, Mo-cua, Pattern Wood,
Scientific name(s)
Alstonia spp.,
Typical use
Boxes and crates, Veneer for interior of plywood, Moulding, Current furniture or furniture components, Matches, Interior joinery, Interior panelling,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Absent
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Creamy White
Physical description
Crushing strength:40 MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,45
Static bending strength:63 MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible - sapwood not or slightly demarcated
Fungi:Class 5 - Not durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 1 - Easily 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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