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Scientific Name  Michelia champaca Linn.
Trade Name  Champ
Local Name  Chempagam
Family  Magnoliaceae
Tree Size  Large
Tree Height ( m )  30 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  50 -
Tree Distribution  Occasional in West coast tropical evergreen forest
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Pale grey or white
Heartwood Colour  Light brown
Hardness  Soft to moderately hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Light to moderately heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content 
Growth Rings  Distinct
Porosity  diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Small to very small
Vessel Arrangement  moderately numerous, solitary or in short radial multiples of 2 or 3
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Fine to moderately broad, closely spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  563
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  83900
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  634
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  95100
Uses  Building construction; Class I general purpose plywood; decorative plywood furniture and cabinets; textile mill accessories; badminton rackets; mathematical, engineering and drawing instruments; shoe-lasts; battery separators

College of Forestry - KAU