Chengal is the product
of a single species Noebalanocarpus heimii in Peninsular Malaysia.
The timber seasons slowly with moderate end-checks
and surface checks as the main sources of degrade. The only flaw
in this wood is the numerous ¡°pin holes¡± which are the galleries
of dead Ambrosia beetles that attack almost all living trees of
Chengal. Except on aesthetic grounds this is not objection-able because
strength of the wood is never significantly affected by these pin
General description of the wood : -Sapwood is well-defined. When
freshly sawn the heartwood is light yellow-brown with a distinct
greenish tinge, darkening
on exposure to dark purple-brown or rust red. It has very prominent ripple
marks. The grain is interlocked; texture is fine and even.