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SENGKUANG

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STANDARD NAME

SENGKUANG

(Light Hardwood) 

Family

Anacardiaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Dracontomelon dao 

DISTRIBUTION

Found throughout the lowlands and near rivers.

  

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is clearly defined in trees with coloured heartwood. The heartwood produced by some trees is coloured and is walnut grey-brown, while other trees produce greyish or greenish yellow heartwood with irregular concentric dark brown to nearly black bands.

Grain is straight or interlocked and sometimes wavy.

Texture is moderately coarse but even.

Vessels are medium-sized to moderately large, very few or few, solitary and in radial groups of two or three, the solitary vessels predominating. Tyloses are abundant.

Wood parenchyma is vasicentric, very narrow, with only the very slightest tendency to aliform. Wide bands of wood parenchyma are not uncommon, and apparently apotracheal.

Rays are multiseriate, moderately fine to medium-sized, visible to the naked eye on all surfaces.

 

USES

The dark-coloured heartwood is highly prized as a cabinet wood; also used for furniture, interior finishing, panelling, sliced decorative veneer and plywood.

  

  

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