Vatica roxburghiana Blume
Vatica chinensis is a moderately sized evergreen tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its resin and timber.
No specimens were found in Sri Lanka during extensive forest surveys conducted between 1991 and 1996, though it is still recorded for southern India. The plant is classified as 'Critically Endangered' in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(2011)[
E. Asia - India, Sri Lanka.
Evergreen rainforest, often occurring in patches near freshwater swamps and rivers[
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A yellow transparent resin exudes abundantly from the stem[
The reddish-brown wood is hard, moderately heavy, smooth, close and even-grained, brown[
]. A very useful wood[
We have no more information on the wood of this species. However, the following is a general description of the wood for members of this genus;-
The heartwood is yellowish when fresh, turning light to deep red-brown upon exposure; it is generally not sharply demarcated from the lighter coloured sapwood. The texture is rather fine and even; the grain straight or shallowly interlocked; not lustrous; there is no distinctive taste or odour when dry. The heartwood, particularly that of the denser species, is rated as durable to very durable; with a good resistance to termites. It is generally reported to air season slowly, but with some warp and checking. Philippine species are reported to dry well with little degrade. The wood is said to be difficult to saw because of clogging due to gummy resins, otherwise it machines well to a smooth finish; turns well. The wood is used for purposes such as turnery, heavy construction, mining timbers, railroad crossties, boat construction; it is also suggested for flooring, interior joinery, and cabinetwork[
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