This long and thin pole is called Bakau Pile in the Singapore market. Bakau Pile has a rough bark skin and a light brown sapwood.
Also known as Bakau (Brunei); Prasak (Cambodia); Lailai (Fiji); Bruguiera (India); Bakau, Tanjang and Tengar (Indonesia); Byu, Byu-chidauk, Byu-o-talon and Kabaing (Myanmar); Black Mangrove (Papua New Guinea); Bakauan, Bussain, Langarai, Pototan and Tangal (Philippines); Tongo (Samoa Islands); and Kong Kang, Prong, Prui and Rui (Thailand).
The timber is suitable for temporary structures, scaffolding, piling, flooring (heavy traffic), firewood, charcoal, pulp and paper as well as rayon.
Shrinkage is very high especially in the tangential direction, with radial shrinkage averaging 1.4% and tangential shrinkage averaging 5.1%.
The timber falls into Strength Group A (Burgess, 1958).
- 65-75mm average diameter
- Length: 3-3.5m
- Heavy Hardwood
- 630-1,170 kg/m3 air dry