Lithocarpus tapintzensis A.Camus
Lithocarpus viridis (Schottky) Rehder & E.H.Wilson
Pasania dealbata (Hook.f. & Thomson ex Miq.) Oerst.
Pasania viridis Schottky
Pasania yenshanensis Hu
Quercus dealbata Hook.f. & Thomson ex Miq.
Quercus fenestrate dealbata (Hook.f. & Thomson ex Miq.) Wenz.
Quercus thalassica vestita Franch.
Synaedrys dealbata (Hook.f. & Thomson ex Miq.) Koidz.
Synaedrys viridis (Schottky) Koidz.
Lithocarpus dealbatus is an evergreen tree that can sometimes reach a height of 30 metres, but is usually smaller. The straight bole can be 45 - 100cm in diameter[
The tree is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food and source of wood.
E. Asia - China, northern India, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam.
Deciduous dipterocarp forest, mixed deciduous forest, oak-pine forest, lower montane forest, at elevations from 700 - 1,600 metres, but usually below 1,200 metres in Thailand[
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In the tropics, the genus Lithocarpus is generally found in lowland to montane forests, usually below elevations of 2,000 metres occasionally to 3,000 metres. The genus usually grows in areas with year-round rainfall, disliking dry seasons.
Young plants usually grow sucessfully in the shade of woodland, but older trees like a more sunny position. Lithocarpus species are mainly found in well-drained soils, often growing on slopes; they tend to be tolerant of a range of soil textures and to prefer an acid to neutral pH.
]. The seed is up to 20mm long and 18mm wide[
The seed is usually cooked before eating, though it can also be eaten raw. It can be eaten whole, though it is more commonly dried, then ground into a powder and used as a thickening in stews etc or mixed with cereals for making bread.
The main disadvantage of the seed is that it is often rich in tannins, making it bitter and astringent. These tannins can be largely removed by soaking the seeds in water then throwing the water away. The process should be repeated until the seed no longer tastes bitter.
The bark of most species is rich in tannins and can be used as a dye and preservative for ropes etc[
The wood is hard and difficult to work, but is sometimes used for construction purposes[
No further information is given, but the following is a general description of Lithocarpus timber from trees growing in southeast Asia:-
The heartwood is yellow-brown, red-brown or dark red-brown; it is not always clearly demarcated from the lighter-coloured sapwood. The texture is rather coarse and uneven; the grain fairly straight but sometimes interlocked; there is a true oak-line silver figure prominent on the radial surface. The wood is strong to very strong; hard to very hard; moderately heavy to heavy; moderately durable and very difficult to treat. It seasons fairly slowly, without any defects except for some staining, slight bowing and end-checking; shrinkage is high. It is easy to saw when green, but slightly difficult to work when dried; planing is easy and the planed surface is smooth; turned wood has a rough surface when finished. Nailing properties are poor.
A medium hardwood, it is suitable for medium to heavy construction under cover, furniture making, interior finishing, panelling, parquet flooring etc[
]. It is used locally for purposes such as fence post, mining props, shingles, boat building, and for making tool handles, rice pounder, poles for carts etc[
The wood makes a good fuel and can be used to make charcoal[
Seed - it quickly loses viability if it is allowed to dry out. It can be stored moist and cool, but is best sown as soon as it is ripe in an outdoor seed bed, though it must be protected from mice, squirrels etc. Small quantities of seed can be sown in deep pots in a cold frame. Plants produce a deep taproot and need to be planted out into their permanent positions as soon as possible, in fact seed sown in situ will produce the best trees[
]. Trees should not be left in a nursery bed for more than 2 growing seasons without being moved or they will transplant very badly.
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