Lagerstroemia turbinata Koehne
Lagerstroemia floribunda is a tree; it usually grows up to 25 metres tall. The bole is usually crooked, it can be free of branches for more than half of its height but often branches from low down, it can be 60cm in diameter, often fluted and sometimes with small buttresses[
The tree is often harvested from the wild for its attractive wood, which is used locally and also traded. It is commonly grown as an ornamental in parks and gardens[
Southeast Asia - Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia.
Lowland forests and in comparatively open spaces, secondary forest, along rivers and also in primary forest[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
The heartwood is pale red-brown darkening upon exposure to red-brown; it merges gradually into the 6 - 10cm wide band of light yellow-brown sapwood. The texture is moderately fine to coarse and uneven due to ring porous formation; the grain is straight, interlocked or sometimes wavy; attractive growth rings figure on flat-sawn surfaces as a result of layers of parenchyma as well as pore rings. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; somewhat durable, being resistant to termites, moderately resistant to fungi but susceptible to dry wood borers. It seasons somewhat slowly, with a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately to poorly stable in service. It works well with ordinary tools, though the wavy grain can cause problems in planing and leave fuzzy surfaces if the tools are not very sharp; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is suitable for use under cover, being suitable for purposes such as interior finishing, panelling, sliced and rotary peeled veneer, high class furniture manufacture, carving and domestic flooring. It is reported to be popular for use in boat building in Thailand and some parts of the Indo-China regions[
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