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Useful Tropical Plants

Lagerstroemia piriformis

Koehne

Lythraceae

+ Synonyms

Common Name: Banabu

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General Information

Banabu is a tree. The straight bole is up to 90cm in diameter[
721
Title
Commercial Woods of the Philippines; Their Preparation and Uses
Publication
Philippines Bureau of Forestry Bulletin No. 14
Author
Schneider E.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry; Manilla.
Year
1916
ISBN
 
Description
A series of booklets dealing with various aspects of the Philippine forests. This volume looks at the preparation and uses of the commercial woods of the Philippines. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its good quality timber, which is used locally and also exported.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines to Papua New Guinea.

Habitat

A dominant tree in semi-deciduous forests, often on limestone soils.

Properties

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HabitTree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details


Established trees are drought tolerant.

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a light olive gray to dark grayish brown; the sapwood is whitish when fresh, turning grayish brown on exposure, it is sometimes a thin band 1 - 2cm wide and sharply demarcated, whilst at other times it can be 4 - 6cm wide and merging gradually into the heartwood. In wood from young, fast-growing trees the sapwood is hardly distinguishable from the heartwood after seasoning. The texture is fine and dense; the grain generally straight, sometimes with a short, very regular wave. The wood is hard; heavy; very durable, being rarely attacked even by termites or toredo. It seasons with little warping, but is liable to split badly at the ends; logs and freshly trimmed ends of sawn lumber should be painted to prevent splitting. The wood is rather difficult to work, but takes a beautifully smooth surface under sharp tools. It is used for purposes such as ship, wharf, and bridge building, including salt-water piles; ties; paving blocks; sills; posts; beams, joists, rafters; flooring, interior finish; furniture, cabinetwork[
721
Title
Commercial Woods of the Philippines; Their Preparation and Uses
Publication
Philippines Bureau of Forestry Bulletin No. 14
Author
Schneider E.E.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
Bureau of Forestry; Manilla.
Year
1916
ISBN
 
Description
A series of booklets dealing with various aspects of the Philippine forests. This volume looks at the preparation and uses of the commercial woods of the Philippines. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Propagation

Seed -

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