olor can be highly variable depending upon the species: ranging from a pale straw color, to a darker reddish brown.
Sometimes referred to as â€œLauan,â€ wood in the Shorea genus is very commonly used in southeast Asia, and there is an abundance of variety between the difference species: each with different working properties, appearances, and mechanical strength values. The five main groupings for Meranti (Lauan) are: Light Red Meranti, Dark Red Meranti, White Meranti, Yellow Meranti, and Balau. The strength and mechanical values listed at the top of this page represent the average of a handful of species within the corresponding group. Also called Philippine Mahogany, Meranti bears no relation to what is considered to be â€œtrueâ€ mahogany in the Swietenia and Khaya genera.
Plywood,veneer, general construction, flooring, as well as a number of other general utility purposes.
Typically hard to work, due to its high density. Some species may have a slight blunting effect on tools due to small levels of silica present in the wood. Glues, stains, and finishes well.