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Description

Botanical name
Intsia bijuga
Intsia palembanica
Origin
Merbau grows in South-east Asia, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.
Trading names
Kwila
Merbau
Ipil
Vesi
Appearance
Heartwood may be bright yellow when first cut but becomes pale to dark reddish brown.
Sapwood pale yellow and usually distinct from the heartwood.
Texture moderately coarse but even.
Grain sometimes slightly interlocked, producing a ribbon figure on the radial surface.
Odour characteristic oily odour when freshly cut.

Rather greasy to the touch.

Installation Method

  • Nailed to battens over concrete slab.
  • Nailed to timber joists over bearers.
  • Nailed to plywood over concrete or timber joists.
  • Nailed to old timber strip flooring over joists.