Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Albizia lebbeck
Trade Name  Kokko
Local Name  Vaga
Family  Mimosaceae
Tree Size  Medium to large
Tree Height ( m )  20 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  65 -
Tree Distribution  Occasional in moist teak bearing forest; sometimes planted
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Whitish to yellowish
Heartwood Colour  Brown or chocolate colour with dark streaks
Hardness  Moderately hard to hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Moderately heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  640 -
Texture  Coarse
Grain  Straight to wavy or interlocked
Growth Rings  Scarcely distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Very large to large
Vessel Arrangement  mostly 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, closely spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  672.1
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  111700
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  887.2
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  122700
Uses  Class 1 general purpose plywood, decorative panelling; tea chests;blackboards; door shutters; furniture and cabinets; construction paraquet; musical instruments, mathematical and drawing instrument; tool handles; shafts of carts;lorry body.

College of Forestry - KAU