Gluta elegans curtisii Burkill
Gluta elegans helferi Hook.f.
Gluta tavoyana is an evergreen tree growing up to 15 metres tall. The bole is straight[
The wood is harvested from the wild.
Brief contact with the plant can cause allergies and chemical irritation of the skin[
The white sap exudes copiously from the stems and wood; it rapidly turns black. It has a strongly irritant effect and can cause dermatitis[
]. A resinous exudate from the wood can cause severe skin irritation[
The smoke of the burning wood can cause severe irritation, particularly to the eyes[
E. Asia - China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia.
]. Degraded forest dominated by Pinus merkusii; at elevations up to 500 metres[
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The heartwood is dark red, streaked with dark and light streaks[
]. The wood is said to be durable, but brittle. It is a fine wood, and the tree is worthy of protection and care, as it might give, at any rate, a turnery wood or a cabinet timber, if not sufficiently large or abundant to be fit for export for furniture[
A resinous exudate from the wood can cause severe skin irritation[
]. The poisonous constituent of the resinous sap is volatile and will gradually disappear. For this reason, the timber of rengas trees must be dried and exposed for several years as it is otherwise dangerous to handle. Lacquered articles or furniture made from the dried timber may still be toxic to persons who are especially susceptible[
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