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KAPUR

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STANDARD NAME

KAPUR

(Medium Hardwood) 

Family

Dipterocarpaceae 

BOTANICAL NAME

Dryobalanops spp. 

DISTRIBUTION

D. aromatica is very common in certain areas and usually found gregariously on low hills. D. oblongifolia is usually found restricted to swampy areas and low-lying valleys.

 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is well-defined and yellowish brown in colour. The heartwood is reddish brown, with a distinctive camphoric smell.

Grain is straight or slightly interlocked or sometimes deeply interlocked.

Texture is moderately coarse and even.

Vessels are medium-sized to moderately large and with simple perforations, moderately few, almost exclusively solitary and evenly distributed, filled with abundant tyloses.

Wood parenchyma is moderately abundant to abundant, both apotracheal and paratracheal; apotracheal type as irregularly spaced concentric lines and some diffuse strands; the paratracheal type is in the form of indistinct borders to the vessels with a tendency to aliform. Concentric layers of wood parenchyma containing the vertical canals may simulate growth rings.

Rays are moderately fine to medium-sized, visible to the naked eye on the cross-section and tangential surface.

Vertical intercellular canals are smaller than the vessels and may contain white resin. 

 

USES

Suitable for heavy and medium construction, heavy-duty flooring, beams, joists, rafters, furniture, door and window frames, tool handles, pallets, boxes and crates.


 

 

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