Conocarpus latifolia Roxb. ex DC
It is a deciduous, small to medium-sized tree up to 20 m tall. The bole is straight and cylindrical or sometimes more poorly shaped, branchless for up to 8 m, up to 80 cm in diameter, occasionally with small buttresses.
This species is reported in deciduous or semideciduous forests, up to 1,300 m of altitude.
The bark of this species has a high tannin content.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in diagonal and/or radial pattern. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Occasionally vessels with colored deposits. Vestured pits. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessels per mm2 more than 20 ( Occasionally axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Axial parenchyma aliform. Axial parenchyma confl 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays exclusively uniseriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Septate fibers present. Fibers very thick walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is usually absent or small in diameter even in large trees, purplish-brown or dark brown, not clearly differentiated from the whitish-gray to greenish-gray or pale yellow to yellowish-gray sapwood.
The grain is varies from straight to shallowly interlocked.
Texture is mostly fine to medium.
The wood is extremely resistant to preservative treatment.
Ease of Drying: Reported that boards of 13 mm and 38 mm thick took respectively 3 months and 4,5 months to air dry. Drying Defects: It is prone to blue stain, sap stain and insect attack.
Wood of this species is difficult to cut.
Machining operations are rather difficult, sharp tools are recommended.
Finishing is reported to be difficult.
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