Common Name: Banabu
Banabu is a tree. The straight bole is up to 90cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its good quality timber, which is used locally and also exported.
Southeast Asia - Philippines to Papua New Guinea.
A dominant tree in semi-deciduous forests, often on limestone soils.
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Established trees are drought tolerant.
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[
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