Merbau Wood also known as Kwila or Ipil is a type of hardwood which widely used in South East Asia. South East Asia has a large population of Merbau. One of the largest population of timber is in the island of Papua. Merbau woods is used for many application, ranging from construction, engineering, to marine applications. Merbau also featured in many houses as outdoor flooring, outdoor furniture, indoor flooring, indoor furniture, and indoor decorations.
Merbau is a large tree with up to 0.6 diameter and up to 30 to 50 meters in height. Merbau is a native tree to many country, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Fiji, Philippines, Papua New Guinea, North Queensland, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Madagascar, Samoa, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia.
Tropical forest is the place to harvest Merbau. Although tropical forest is the source to harvest, but many Merbau also harvested from other forest where there are inadequate controls . It is suggested you check with your supplier is their merbau have certification of not. Certification and chain of custody systems, including DNA tracking, will provide assurance that the wood is from legal and/or well managed forests.