Turpinia ovalifolia Elmer
Tigatbo (Philippines); Balay balayan (Philippines); Anongo (Philippines)
Turpinia trifoliata Ridley; Turpinia lucida Nakai
It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to a height of 20 m or more and 40 cm in diameter. The bole is short, forking low from the ground. The buttresses are low, rounded.
Turpinia ovalifolia is found in evergreen primary and secondary lowland to montane rain forests, up to 2,000 m of altitude.
Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Wood diffuse porous. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 to 200 micras. Vessel-ray pits reticulate and/or foraminate. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits medium, 7 to 10 micras. Occasiona Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Axial parenchyma confluent unilateral paratracheal. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. Ray height more than 1 mm. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with mostly 2 to 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-II). Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procum Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits. Non-septate fibers.
The heartwood is whitish-yellow, not clearly differentiated from the sapwood.
The grain is usually straight.
The texture is typically fine to medium.
The heartwood is susceptible to dry-wood termites and blue stain fungi.
Ease of Drying: Drying is easy; it can be performed without any problem. Drying Defects: No particular risks of drying defects, subject to normal drying conditions. Kiln Schedules: Schedule proposed as a reference by comparison with well known species taking into account to the general technological behavior of this species.
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