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Nyatoh is a trade name for wood of a number of hardwood species of the genera Palaquium and Payena growing in rainforest environments in southeast Asia, especially in Indonesia and the Philippines.[1] Nyatoh wood is reddish and most species are easy to work with and takes to stain and polish well. It has a tight straight grain that resembles cherry wood. The surface is dark brown/red in color.[2]


Nyatoh is generally perceived as a sustainable resource. However, several species within the related genera of Palaquium and Payena are on the IUCN Red List due to overexploitation and alarming reductions in their habitats.[1]

The harvesting and sales of nyatoh has been criticized by some environmental groups, who have won agreements in the United States to not resell the wood from various furniture and home-improvement chains.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Nyatoh". The Wood Database. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  2. ^ Agus Sulistyo BUDI (1996). "Properties and Utilization of Sapotaceous Timber from Dipterocarp Forests". In Andreas Schulte, Dieter Hans-Friedrich Schöne (ed.). Dipterocarp forest ecosystems: towards sustainable management. Singapore: World Scientific. pp. 591–601. ISBN 978-981-02-2729-6. Retrieved 2009-12-05.
  3. ^ Vasil, Adria (2009-10-27). Ecoholic Home: The Greenest, Cleanest and Most Energy-Efficient Information Under One (Canadian) Roof. Random House Digital, Inc. pp. 178–. ISBN 9780307357144. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  4. ^ Stanford, Craig B. (2012-11-05). Planet Without Apes. Harvard University Press. pp. 43–. ISBN 9780674067882. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Crate and Barrel goes "Green"". April 1, 2006. p. E4. Retrieved 10 January 2013. The result is that the company has stopped using the tropical wood nyatoh " because ...