Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Melia azedarach Linn.
Trade Name  persian lilac
Local Name 
Family  Meliaceae
Tree Size  Small to medium
Tree Height ( m )  7 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  50 -
Tree Distribution  Native to West Asia
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction 
Sapwood Colour  Yellowish-white
Heartwood Colour  Reddish-brown
Hardness  moderately hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Moderately heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  710 -
Texture  Coarse
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Distinct
Porosity  Ring-porous
Vessel Size  Large to very small
Vessel Arrangement  Early wood vessels large, in 4-8 or more rows, late wood vessels very small, zig-zag or in oblique manner, occasionally in tangential bands across rays
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Brownish; Moderately broad
Ray Arrangement/Type  Widely spaced, ray flecks distinct on radial surface
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  Tennis and badminton rackets; toys; turnery; light furniture; plywood

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