KIABOOCA-WOOD, or Amboyna Wood, imported from Sincapore, appears to be the excrescence or burr of some large tree; it is sawn off in slabs from 2 to 4 ft long, 4 to 24 in. wide, and 2 to 8 in. thick; it resembles the burr of the yew-tree, is tolerably hard, and full of small curls and knots, the colour is from orange to chesnut-brown, and sometimes red brown. It is a very ornamental wood, that is also much esteemed in China and India, where it is made into small boxes and writing-desks, and other ornamental works, the same as by ourselves.
The Kiabooca is said by Prof. Reinwardt, of Ley den, to be the burr of the Pterospermum indicum; by others that of Pterocarpus draco, from the Moluccas, the island of Borneo, Amboyna, etc. The native name appears from Mr. Wilson Saunders' specimen, to be Serioulcut, the wood itself is of the same colour as the burr, or rather lighter, and in grain resembles plain mahogany.
" The root of the cocoa-nut tree is so similar, when dry and seasoned, to the ' bird's-eye' part of the wood here termed kiabooca, that I can perceive no difference; the cocoa has a tortuous and silky fracture, almost like indurated asbestos." - Col G. A. Lloyd.
The comparison of the palm wood with the kiabooca, renders the question uncertain, as amongst the multitudes of ordinary curly woody fibres, that one cannot account for in a palm, there are a few places with soft friable matter much resembling its cement