Timbers of Kerala

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Scientific Name  Berrya cordifolia (Willd.) Burret
Trade Name  Trincomalee wood
Local Name 
Family  Tiliaceae
Tree Size  Medium to large
Tree Height ( m )  18 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  80 -
Tree Distribution  Native of Sri Lanka, occasionally grown as avenue trees
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Distinct
Sapwood Colour  Whitish to greyish brown
Heartwood Colour  Reddish to chocolate brown with streaks
Hardness  Very hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Heavy to very heavy
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  960 -
Texture  Medium to fine
Grain  Slightly interlocked
Growth Rings  Scarcely distinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Medium to moderately small
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples of 2-5
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Fine to very fine
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  945.2
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  133700
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  1193.8
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  147200
Uses  Building construction; boat building; carriages and carts; lorry bodies; agricultural implements; tool handles; turnery; bentwood; bobbins; cooperage

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