Any of various woods from the species Dryobalanops found in Borneo, Sumatra and Malaysia. Kapur has increase in commercial use since 1945. The coarse, dense wood has a straight grain and uniform texture. The color of kapur ranges from a light red to a reddish brown and it smells like camphor. Kapur has been used for cabinetry, but is not very weather resistant and will corrode contacting metals. Borneo camphor, or Borneol, is extracted from the wood for use in medicines and varnishes.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Dryobalanops; Borneo camphorwood
Physical and Chemical Properties
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971
- F. H. Titmuss, Commercial Timbers of the World, The Technical Press Ltd., London, 1965
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Dipterocarpaceae." Accessed 2 Sept. 2004.