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Scientific Name  Buchanania lanzan Spreng.
Trade Name 
Local Name  Moongapezhu
Family  Anacardiaceae
Tree Size  Medium
Tree Height ( m )  18 -
Tree Diameter ( cm )  40 -
Tree Distribution  Southern moist-mixed deciduous moist teak bearing forests; Sparse in laterite thorn forest
Sapwood-Heartwood Distinction  Not distinct
Sapwood Colour  Greyish-white to greyish-brown
Heartwood Colour  Greyish-white to greyish-brown
Hardness  Soft to moderately hard
Specific Gravity Based on Weight Over-dry and Volume Green 
Weight  Light
Weight(Kg)/cubic meter at 12% Moisture Content  500 -
Texture  Even and coarse
Grain  Straight to somewhat interlocked
Growth Rings  Indistinct
Porosity  Diffuse porous
Vessel Size  Large
Vessel Arrangement  Solitary or in radial multiples of 2 or 4
Vessel Diameter   -
Vessel Element Lenght  -
Pit Outline 
Pit Size 
Vessel Ray Pitting 
Ray Nature  Broad, widely spaced; fine
Ray Arrangement/Type 
Ray Number  -
Ray Height  -
Fibre Walls 
Fiber Length 
Modulus of Rupture in kg/cm2 (Green)  321.9
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Green)  57500
Modulus of Rupture kg/cm2 (Dry)  522
Modulus of Elasticity in kg/cm2 (Dry)  80300
Uses  Match splints; packing cases; domestic appliances; temporary construction

College of Forestry - KAU