Also known as Kwila, Ipil or Vesi, Merbau is a rainforest species predominantly coming from south-east Asia region (Malaysia, Indonesia & Phillipines).
After cutting, the timber turns to a dark reddish brown colur, and being quite a durable timber, it is very commonly used as a decking timber. It can also be used for flooring, stairs, handrails and other joinery applications.
As a “rainforest” timber, it should be used with some discretion. The ugly truth about Merbau timber is that it causes deforestation of rainforests. Unsustainable logging practices over the years have caused quite an impact on the environment. There are many other local timbers that can be used as an alternative to this species.