The Intsia genus is prevalent in South and Southeast Asia, as well as in Madagascar. It is closely related to the Afzelia kind, which is mostly found in Africa.


Botanical name: Intsia bijuga
Overall character: Merbau is not to be confused with other woods species from Southeast Asia that are sold under similar names (such as Merbatu (Parinari salomonensis) or Merpauh (Swintonia spp.) In 2006, the genus Intsia was proposed for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, Appendix III, but it initially wasn’t accepted.
Color and structure: Sapwood is 4 to 8 centimetres wide and has a yellowish white color. The heartwood is clearly contrased by a light to reddish brown colour, later developing into a brown/dark copper brown. The pores often have an almost black (sometimes yellow) filling.
Characteristics/features: Wood species pursuant to DIN 1052-1* group B (not listed).
Areas of use: Thanks to its great physical, biological and mechanical properties, Merbau is especially suitable as a solid wood: it works in exterior construction, if surfaces are protected appropriately. Windows and doors are an example for this. In interior construction, it can be used for floors, stairs, handrails, frame constructions, highly loaded tables and shelves.