Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Dalbergia paniculata Roxb
Trade Name 
Local Name  Painganni, Pachila-maram
Family  Papilionaceae
Tree Size  Medium to large
Tree Height ( m )  15 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  50 -
Tree Distribution  Southern dry mixed deciduous forest
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Not distinct
Sapwood Colour  Yellowish or greyish-white to brown
Heartwood Colour  Yellowish or greyish-white to brown
Hardness  Soft to moderately hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Light to moderately heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  510 -
Texture  Medium to coarse
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Scarcely distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Medium to small
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples of 2 or 3
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Fine to very fine, closely spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green) 
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green) 
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Uses  Timber falls to pieces when sawn, due to separation in the region of included phloem and is therefore of little use

College of Forestry - KAU