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Scientific Name  Barringtonia acutangula (Linn.) Gaertn.
Trade Name 
Local Name  Nir-pezhu, attu-pezhu
Family  Barringtoniaceae
Tree Size  Medium
Tree Height ( m )  10 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  50 -
Tree Distribution  Southern moist mixed deciduous and West coast tropical evergreen forests; mostly along the banks of rivers and streams
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Not very distinct
Sapwood Colour  Light pinkish
Heartwood Colour  Reddish-grey
Hardness  Soft
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Light to moderately heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  580 -
Texture  Medium to fine
Grain  Straight
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Small to medium
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples of 2-4
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Broad to very broad, 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  Packing cases and boxes; furniture; carts

College of Forestry - KAU