Cryptocarya membranacea is a large evergreen tree.
It has been utilized in the past for its timber.
The tree is listed as 'Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2009), being found in only four localities in Sri Lanka[
E. Asia - Sri Lanka.
Lowland, wet, evergreen forest[
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A plant of the lowland moist tropics.
The straw-yellow wood is heavy, close-grained and easily worked[
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Many Cryptocarya species that grow large enough are utilized for their timber, very often with several species being lumped together indiscriminately. Most species do not have very detailed individual descriptions of their timber - the following is a general description for the species[
The heartwood is pinkish brown, grayish brown, reddish brown, or chocolate brown; it is not clearly differentiated from the somewhat lighter-coloured sapwood. The texture is rather fine to medium; the grain usually straight; lustre low; sometimes with an aromatic odour when freshly cut but without any distinctive odour or taste when dry. A silica content of up to 0:82% has been reported for some species. Some species are reported to be easy to season, whilst others have a tendency to warp and split. The wood is generally reported to be not difficult to work with hand and machine tools. Durability is variable with species; most species being not very durable when exposed to the elements. The sapwood is prone to powder-post beetle attack. The wood is often attractive and can be used for purposes such as cabinetwork, flooring, decorative veneers, panelling; whilst it is also often used for joinery, construction etc[
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