Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Adenanthera pavonina Linn.
Trade Name  Redwood tree
Local Name  Manchadi
Family  Mimosaceae
Tree Size  Medium
Tree Height ( m )  20 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  60 -
Tree Distribution  Mostly grown as avenue trees. Natural occurrence in Kerala forests doubtful
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Yellowish- grey
Heartwood Colour  Pinkish-brown to dark brown
Hardness  Hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  800 -
Texture  Medium to coarse
Grain  Interlocked
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Large to Medium
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples of 2,3 or in clusters
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) 
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green) 
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry) 
Uses  Building constructions, furniture; turnery excellent firewood

College of Forestry - KAU