Dombeya diversifolia Spreng.
Pterospermadendron diversifolium Kuntze
Pterospermum diversifolium is a tree. The bole can be up to 50cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine and source of wood. The wood is also sometimes traded locally[
E. Asia - India, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines.
Evergreen and old clearing forest at elevations from 50 - 800 metres in Thailand[
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The bark and flowers are charred and combined with the glands of Mallotus philippinensis in the treatment ofsmallpox in order to cause suppuration[
The fibrous bark is sometimes used to make rope and for tying purposes. However, it has a low tensile strength of 263 kilos per square centimeter, which wetting did not affect.and so is not commonly used. for rope making. The colour of the inner bark is pinkish cinnamon[
The bark is cut into small pieces and boiled to make a dye that is used to colour and strengthen cloth, fish nets, ropes etc[
]. The bark probably contains tannins and therefore acts in part as a preservative[
The heartwood is a dull purplish brown, or reddish brown, fading on exposure to a light brown; it is not sharply distinguished from the somewhat paler sapwood. The texture is fine and smooth; the grain straight or slightly crossed; there are distinct ripple marks on all longitudinal sections in most specimens. The wood is moderately hard and rather tough; moderately heavy to heavy; not very durable when exposed to the elements, but somewhat resistant to beetles. It seasons well and is easy to work. From the colour, texture, and presence of ripple marks on the wood, it is easily mistaken for lanutan (Bombycidendron spp). It is used for posts (placed above stumps), beams, joists, rafters, flooring, sheathing, ceilings, furniture, cabinetwork, household implements, combs. If impregnated with preservative, it would make good ties and paving blocks[
The wood is used for fuel[
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