Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Erythrina stricta Roxb.
Trade Name  Coral tree
Local Name  Murukku, Mullu-murukku
Family  Papilionaceae
Tree Size  Medium
Tree Height ( m )  12 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  65 -
Tree Distribution  Southern moist mixed deciduous forest
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Not distinct
Sapwood Colour  Creamy-white to greyish white
Heartwood Colour  Creamy-white to greyish white
Hardness  Soft
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Very light to light
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content 
Texture  Very Coarse
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Very large 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  Broad to very broad, widely 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  Lacquer boxes; picture frames; toys; domestic appliances; insulator boards; match splints

College of Forestry - KAU