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SEPETIR

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STANDARD NAME

SEPETIR

(Light Hardwood)

Family

Leguminosae

BOTANICAL NAME

Sindora spp., Copaifera palustris

DISTRIBUTION

Widely distributed in peat swamp forests,

lowlands and hills.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The sapwood is clearly defined from the heartwood, which is brown with a pink tinge and darkening on exposure. A core wood, which is streaked with layers of darker coloured to almost black wood, is often developed.

Grain is straight or shallowly interlocked.

Texture is moderately fine and even.

Growth rings are distinct, produced by terminal layers of wood parenchyma.

Vessels are with simple perforations, medium-sized, few or moderately few in number, solitary interspersed with radial pairs and multiples of generally two to four (occasionally up to five) in a series and occasional clusters, sometimes the solitary vessels and sometimes the radial groups predominating, evenly distributed without any arrangement; deposits are common.

Wood parenchyma is of both apotracheal and paratracheal types; apotracheal type occurs as irregularly spaced terminal bands; paratracheal type occurs as vasicentric, tending to aliform.

Rays are moderately fine, generally visible to the naked eye and in some species fairly prominent on the radial surface.

 

Vertical canals are smaller than the vessels, contained in some of the terminal layers of wood parenchyma,secreting oil when freshly cut; present in Sindora spp. but absent in Copaifera palustris. 
 

USES

Suitable for furniture, cabinet-making, and plywood manufacture. The streaked material is highly valued as decorative timber and is used for interior finishing, joinery, panelling, high class cabinets and furniture; also suitable for light construction, general planking, flooring, packing cases and pallets. 

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