Cylicodaphne obtusata Meisn.
Litsea obtusata is an evergreen tree. The bole can be 40cm or more in diameter[
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.
Southeast Asia - Philippines.
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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[
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’[
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