Sunaptea scabriuscula (Thwaites) Kosterm.
Vateria scabriuscula Thwaites
Cotylelobium scabriusculum is a tree with a rather small, hemispherical crown. The bole is frequently twisted with low buttresses[
The tree has been harvested in the past for its timber.
The plant is native only in the south-western corner of Sri Lanka and was not found in extensive forest surveys of the area. It has been classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
E. Asia - Sri Lanka.
Lowland, wet, evergreen forest[
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A plant of the moist to wet lowland tropics.
The pale greyish-yellow wood is heavy, hard, smooth and durable[
We have no more information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus;-
The heartwood is yellowish when fresh, turning light to deep red-brown upon exposure; it is generally not sharply demarcated from the lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is rather fine and even; the grain straight or shallowly interlocked; not lustrous; there is no distinctive taste or odour when dry. The heartwood, particularly that of the denser species, is rated as durable to very durable; with a good resistance to termites. It is generally reported to air season slowly, but with some warp and checking. Philippine species are reported to dry well with little degrade. The wood is said to be difficult to saw because of clogging due to gummy resins, otherwise it machines well to a smooth finish; turns well; there is some dulling of cutter blades due to silica in the wood. The wood is used for purposes such as turnery, heavy construction, mining timbers, railroad crossties, boat construction; it is also suggested for flooring, interior joinery, and cabinetwork[
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