Small cultivated tree in Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens
Photograph by: Tequila
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Fagraea crenulata is a tree that can grow up to 23 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be densly thorny, especially when young; it is up to 50cm in diameter, becoming free of branches for most of its height as it nears maturity[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood, which is traded as 'Malabera' timber. It is also planted for ornamental use[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia.
Swampy ground near the coast, sometimes in open spaces and secondary forest[
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The latex found under the skin of the fruits is often used as an adhesive[
The heartwood is yellow brown to pale brown; it is not distinct from the somewhat lighter-coloured sapwood. The texture is moderately coarse and even; the grain straight or interlocked; vague growth rings figure can be seen on the tangential surface. The wood is soft to moderately hard; very durable, it resists toredo borers in the water if used with the bark on. The wood, if used with the bark on, is considered extremely useful for marine piling. It is also suitable for light construction under cover, veneer and plywood manufacture, interior finishing, panelling, packing cases and boxes[
The wood is used for fuel[
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