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Useful Tropical Plants

Litsea obtusata

Fern.-Vill.

Lauraceae

+ Synonyms

Cylicodaphne obtusata Meisn.

Common Name:

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General Information

Litsea obtusata is an evergreen tree. The bole can be 40cm or more 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 wood, which is mainly used locally and is a very popular wood for carving and maing religious icons.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References


Range

Southeast Asia - Philippines.

Habitat

Not known

Properties

Other Uses Rating *  *  *
HabitEvergreen Tree
Height0.00 m
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Not known

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

The heartwood is a bright golden-yellow when fresh, darkening somewhat with exposure; it is not clearly demarcated from the 1 - 3cm wide band of pale yellow sapwood that generally turns to a pale yellowish or greenish brown in
seasoning. The texture is fine, with a smooth waxy feel; the grain is straight; there is a faint odour, reminding one of both cedar and camphor. The wood is soft to moderately hard; light in weight; moderately durable and rarely attacked by insects. It seasons well. The wood works easily and well; it takes a glossy cut under sharp tools. It is much used locally for carving and sculpture, especially of sacred images. Indeed, the wood of this, and several other species with very similar woods are all traded under the name 'baticulin' and are considered the best of all Philippine woods for carving. The wood is also used for panelling for doors, altars, wardrobes, carriages; ceiling and sheathing; musical instruments; cabinetwork; pyrography[
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.
].
There are a number of tree species (including this one) from southeast Asia 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’[
467
Title
The Philippine Journal of Science. Vol. 4
Publication
 
Author
Freer P.C. (Editor)
Website
http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org
Publisher
The Bureau of Science, Philippines.
Year
1909
ISBN
 
Description
A number of articles on Philippine plants, including one on the qualities of Philippine woods.
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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.
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Propagation

Seed -
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