Ficus balete Linn. Merr.
The tree has epiphyiic habits; it usually starts as a seedling upon another tree and eventually entraps it. Air roots are sent to the ground as support and develop into a fair size trunk reaching 60 to 80 cm in diameter.
In forest at low and mideum altitude.It occurs from Cagayan,Isabela,Quirio,Aurora,Zamboanga del noete,Zamboanga del Sur,Agusan del Noete,Agusan Del Sur,Surigao del Norte,Davao del Norte,Davao Oriental and Lamao Provinces
taste and odor not distinct
Color is light buff to light yellow
texture moderately coarse. Pores visible to the naked eye. Ripple marks, is likewise visible.
Non- durable 1 to 2,5 years. Easy to treat.
Easy to saw average feed rate of 18 meters per minute with saw blade performance of 100 square meters and above surface area sawn.
Good 85-94% defect-free surface; good surface quality.
Fair sands and takes stains well.
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