Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Lophopetalum wightianum Arn.
Trade Name  Banati
Local Name  Venkotta
Family  Celastraceae
Tree Size  Large to very large
Tree Height ( m )  25 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  100 -
Tree Distribution  West coast tropical evergreen, west coast semi-evergreen and Myristica swamp forests
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Indistinct
Sapwood Colour  Yellowish-brown
Heartwood Colour  Yellowish-brown
Hardness  Soft
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  light
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  465 -
Texture  Somewhat coarse
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Medium
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or mostly in groups of 2 or 3
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Fine to very fine
Ray Arrangement/Type  fairly close spaced
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  Ceiling boards and raFTERS IN BUILDINGS; Class III general purpose plywood ; furniture and cabinets; packing cases and boxes; match splints; artificial limbs and rehabilitation acids; pencil slates.

College of Forestry - KAU