Lagerstroemia angustifolia Pierre ex Laness.
Tree in native habitat
Photograph by: 3coma14
A strangler fig (Ficus altissima), which started life as an epiphyte in this tree, has sent down aerial roots and will eventually kill the host tree
Photograph by: dalbera
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Lagerstroemia calyculata is a deciduous tree growing 20 - 35 metres tall. The bole can be 40 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its timber.
Southeast Asia - Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand.
Deciduous forests, usually associated with Anisoptera spp., Shorea spp., Terminalia spp., or in Bamboo thickets[
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A rather slow-growing tree[
Trees respond well to coppicing[
The greyish-yellow or brown heartwood is clearly demarcated from the white sapwood, The wood is hard and heavy. It is used for timber, interior furniture-making, wood-boards etc[
We have no more specific information on the wood of this species, but the following is a general description of wood from this genus:-
The heartwood is light red to reddish brown, darkening on exposure; the sapwood is light yellow brown to greyish white, rather wide[
]. The grain is usually straight; texture moderately fine to rather coarse; rather lustrous; without distinctive odour or taste. It is generally classified as moderately durable and somewhat resistant to termites, although the sapwood is liable to powder-post beetle attack. It saws and works well; finishes to a smooth surface; and takes a good polish. It is used for making furniture, interior joinery, boatbuilding, general construction, parquet flooring and panelling[
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