Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Ceiba pentandra Linn. Gaertn.
Trade Name  Kapok
Local Name  Panji-ilavu, Panya
Family  Bombacaceae
Tree Size  Medium to large
Tree Height ( m )  15 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  50 -
Tree Distribution  Native of Tropical America and Africa; often grown in homesteads and in plantations
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Not distinct
Sapwood Colour  Greyish-white to greyish-brown
Heartwood Colour  Greyish-white to greyish-brown
Hardness  Very soft to soft
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Very light to light
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  210 -
Texture  Coarse
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Scarcely distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Large to moderately large
Vessel Arrangement  Mostly solitary or in radial multiples of 2 or more
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Fine to moderately broad, rather widely spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  136
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  23000
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Uses  Catamarams; match-splints and boxes; light packing cases

College of Forestry - KAU