Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Albizia procera (Roxb.)Benth
Trade Name  Safed diris
Local Name  Karinthagara, Vella-vaka
Family  Mimosaceae
Tree Size  Large
Tree Height ( m )  30 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  80 -
Tree Distribution  Southern moist mixed deciduous and moist teak bearing forests
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Pale yellowish-white
Heartwood Colour  Brown to dark brown
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 somewhat wavy or interlocked
Growth Rings  Scarcely distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Very large to large
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, somewhat closely spaced
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  669.7
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  90200
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  1023.9
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  110900
Uses  Commercial plywood; flush door shutters; building construction; tool handles; railway sleepers; musical insturments; mathematical, engineering and drawing instruments; shafts of carts

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