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Useful Tropical Plants

Litsea leytensis

Merr.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Litsea obtusata Vidal

Common Name:

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General Information

Litsea leytensis is an evergreen tree that can grow around 20 metres tall[
952
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Section C. Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Merrill. E.D. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Manila Bureau of Printing; Philippines
Year
1915
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains lots of new descriptions of plants and various other article on the botany of the Philippines. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is an important source of the timber marketed as 'medang'[
884
Title
The World List of Threatened Trees
Publication
 
Author
Oldfield S.; Lusty C.; and MacKinven A.
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
World Conservation Press; Cambridge UK
Year
1998
ISBN
1-899628-10 X
Description
A list of the trees on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plant Species in 1998, often giving some information on habitat and the reasons for being on the list. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].
An important source of medang timber, this forest species has become rare. The plant is classified as 'Vulnerable' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2013)[
338
Title
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
A list of plants under threat and facing possible extinction, usually with brief details of the threats and information on habitat.
].

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

952
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Section C. Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Merrill. E.D. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Manila Bureau of Printing; Philippines
Year
1915
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains lots of new descriptions of plants and various other article on the botany of the Philippines. It can be downloaded from the Internet.

Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines.

Habitat

Forests, at elevations around 500 metres[
952
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Section C. Botany.
Publication
 
Author
Merrill. E.D. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
Publisher
Manila Bureau of Printing; Philippines
Year
1915
ISBN
 
Description
A botanical journal, it contains lots of new descriptions of plants and various other article on the botany of the Philippines. It can be downloaded from the Internet.
].

Properties

Conservation StatusVulnerable
Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height18.00 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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