Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Chukrasia tabularis A. Juss.
Trade Name  Chickrassy
Local Name  Mallei-vepu
Family  Meliaceae
Tree Size  Large
Tree Height ( m )  25 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  80 -
Tree Distribution  Sporadic in West coast semi-evergreen and Southern moist mixed deciduous forests
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Greyish or yellowish-white
Heartwood Colour  yellowish-brown to dark 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  675 -
Texture  Fine
Grain  Straight to interlocked
Growth Rings  Distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  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  Fine to very fine, fairly close spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  589.6
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  83500
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  866.1
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  113100
Uses  Beams and posts for construction; Class 1 plywood; decorative plywood; panelling; marine plywood; cabinets and furniture; turnery and toys; dobby barrels and bobbins in textile mills

College of Forestry - KAU