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Useful Tropical Plants

Litsea cordata

(Jack) Hook.f.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Litsea cordifolia (Meisn.) Fern.-Vill.

Malapoenna cordata (Jack) Kuntze

Tetranthera cordata Jack

Tetranthera cordifolia Meisn.

Common Name:

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General Information

Litsea cordata is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 metres tall[
951
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin, Singapore. Vol. 47 Part 1.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore.
Year
1995
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
The botanical publication of Singapore Botanic Gardens, with a range of articles. This edition includes an annotated check list of the vascular plants of Peninsular Malaysia.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is used locally and is also traded as 'medang' timber[
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

931
Title
Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) No. 39
Publication
 
Author
Thawatchai Santisuk (Editor)
Publisher
The Forest Herbarium (BKF); Chatuchak, Bangkok.
Year
2011
ISBN
0495-3843
Description
A botanical journal, publishing papers on taxonomy (especially vascular plants), nomenclature, phylogeny, systematics, plant geography, and floristics; also morphology, palynology, cytotaxonomy, chemotaxonomy, anatomy and other relevant disciplines.

Range

Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.

Habitat

Lowland and hill forest[
951
Title
The Gardens' Bulletin, Singapore. Vol. 47 Part 1.
Publication
 
Author
 
Publisher
Singapore Botanic Gardens; Singapore.
Year
1995
ISBN
0374-7859
Description
The botanical publication of Singapore Botanic Gardens, with a range of articles. This edition includes an annotated check list of the vascular plants of Peninsular Malaysia.
]. Peat swamp forest at around sea level in Thailand[
931
Title
Thai Forest Bulletin (Botany) No. 39
Publication
 
Author
Thawatchai Santisuk (Editor)
Publisher
The Forest Herbarium (BKF); Chatuchak, Bangkok.
Year
2011
ISBN
0495-3843
Description
A botanical journal, publishing papers on taxonomy (especially vascular plants), nomenclature, phylogeny, systematics, plant geography, and floristics; also morphology, palynology, cytotaxonomy, chemotaxonomy, anatomy and other relevant disciplines.
].

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height25.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

There are a number of tree species (including this one) from Peninsular Malaysia that are in the family Lauraceae and produce a useful timber that is either not distinct enough in itself, or is in insufficient supply, to warrant being traded individually. These various species have been lumped together under the trade name ‘medang’[
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
].
We do not have a specific description of the wood from this species, but a general description of medang timber is as follows:-
The heartwood is very variable, from light-straw to red-brown and olive brown; the sapwood is ill-defined. The texture is moderately fine but even; the grain interlocked or wavy; the surface dull. The wood is not durable. It is easy to slightly difficult to resaw, and easy to moderately easy to cross-cut; easy to plane and the surface produced is smooth to moderately smooth. It is suitable for decorative work such as interior finishing, panelling, furniture and cabinet making. It is also suitable for plywood manufacture, whilst the heavier species are suitable for medium construction under cover[
895
Title
Timber Notes - Light Hardwoods II
Publication
Timber Technology Bulletin No. 10
Author
Gan K.S.; Lim S.C.; Choo K.T.
Publisher
Forest Research Institute; Malaysia
Year
1998
ISBN
139-258
Description
Part of an excellent series of publications, this one giving a brief guide to five lesser known groups of light hardwoods from southeast Asia. It is available in PDF format on the Internet.
]

Propagation

Seed -
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