Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Dalbergia sissoides * Grah. ex wight & Arn
Trade Name  Malabar blackwood
Local Name  Veeti
Family  Papilionaceae
Tree Size  Medium to large
Tree Height ( m )  15 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  100 -
Tree Distribution  West coast semi-evergreen, Moist teak bearing and Southern moist mixed deciduous forests
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Yellowish white
Heartwood Colour  Light purplish-brown to deep purple with dark brown streaks
Hardness  Hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Heavy to very heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  770 -
Texture  Medium
Grain  Straight to shallowly interlocked
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Large to small
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples
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)  727.7
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  73500
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  832.7
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  99500
Uses  High Class furniture and Cabinets; Class I plywood for general purpose; ornamental and decorative plywood; aircraft and marine plywood; blackboards; construction work, especially for doors; panelling; heavy duty striking tools of quality; cutlery handles; musical instruments; boat and ship buildings; textile mill accessories; carrom draughts, clubs and chess pieces; mathematical, engineering and drawing instruments; shoe-lasts

College of Forestry - KAU