Seraya, White (Parashorea)

Seraya, White is an imported hardwood


White seraya or bagtikan, as it is called in the Philippines, is a name applied to the 14 species of Parashorea, which grow in Sabah and the Philippines.


The heartwood is light brown or straw-colored, sometimes with a pinkish tint. The texture is moderately coarse and the grain interlocked. White seraya is very similar in appearance and strength properties to light red meranti, and sometimes the two are mixed in the market. White seraya dries easily with little degrade, and works fairly well with hand and machine tools. The heartwood is not durable to moderately durable in ground contact, and it is extremely resistant to preservative treatments.

Primary Uses

White seraya is used for joinery, light construction, moulding and millwork, flooring, plywood, furniture, and cabinet work.

*Much of the base wood information presented here is made available by the USDA FPL FS. If you are interested in a much more technical description of wood properties, I encourage you to visit the source.