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Useful Tropical Plants

Lagerstroemia floribunda

Jack

Lythraceae

+ Synonyms

Lagerstroemia turbinata Koehne

Common Name:

Lagerstroemia floribunda
Inflorescence
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Lagerstroemia floribunda Lagerstroemia floribunda

General Information

Lagerstroemia floribunda is a tree; it usually grows up to 25 metres tall. The bole is usually crooked, it can be free of branches for more than half of its height but often branches from low down, it can be 60cm in diameter, often fluted and sometimes with small buttresses[
893
Title
Identification and utilization of lesser-known commercial timbers in Peninsular Malaysia 6
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 40
Author
Lim S.C. & Gan K.S.
Website
http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=1842
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
2006
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to four lesser known groups of commercial timbers from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].
The tree is often harvested from the wild for its attractive wood, which is used locally and also traded. It is commonly grown as an ornamental in parks and gardens[
730
Title
A Field Guide to Forest Trees of Northern Thailand
Publication
 
Author
Gardener S.; Sidisunthorn P.; Anusarnsunthorn V.
Publisher
Kobfai Publishing Project; Bangkok.
Year
2000
ISBN
974-7799-01-4
Description
An excellent, concise guide to 430 species, plus notes on another 450 species. Excellent photographs and a separate section on distribution and plant uses.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia.

Habitat

Lowland forests and in comparatively open spaces, secondary forest, along rivers and also in primary forest[
893
Title
Identification and utilization of lesser-known commercial timbers in Peninsular Malaysia 6
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 40
Author
Lim S.C. & Gan K.S.
Website
http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=1842
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
2006
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to four lesser known groups of commercial timbers from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitTree
Height20.00 m
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is pale red-brown darkening upon exposure to red-brown; it merges gradually into the 6 - 10cm wide band of light yellow-brown sapwood. The texture is moderately fine to coarse and uneven due to ring porous formation; the grain is straight, interlocked or sometimes wavy; attractive growth rings figure on flat-sawn surfaces as a result of layers of parenchyma as well as pore rings. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; somewhat durable, being resistant to termites, moderately resistant to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers. It seasons somewhat slowly, with a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately to poorly stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools, though the wavy grain can cause problems in planing and leave fuzzy surfaces if the tools are not very sharp; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is suitable for use under cover, being suitable for purposes such as interior finishing, panelling, sliced and rotary peeled veneer, high class furniture manufacture, carving and domestic flooring. It is reported to be popular for use in boat building in Thailand and some parts of the Indo-China regions[
848
Title
Tropix 7
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://tropix.cirad.fr/en
Publisher
CIRAD
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line guide to the timbers of 245 species of trees.
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893
Title
Identification and utilization of lesser-known commercial timbers in Peninsular Malaysia 6
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 40
Author
Lim S.C. & Gan K.S.
Website
http://www.frim.gov.my/?page_id=1842
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
2006
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to four lesser known groups of commercial timbers from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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