Celtis rigescens (Miq.) Planch
Asin-asin (Indonesia); Rempelas (Indonesia); Mempelas bulan (Malaysia); Ainam (Indonesia)
Celtis sumatrana (Miq.) Planch; Celtis nymanii K. Schumann; Celtis asperifolia Merr.
Celtis trees can reach up to 45 m, with straight and cylindrical boles, up to 100 cm of diameter. The buttresses are absent or up to 3 m high.
Celtis rigescens grows in lowland primary and secondary forests.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits small, 7 micras or less. Occasionally paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Axial parenchyma aliform. Occasionally axial parenchyma confluent. Occasionally prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. Occasionally a Occasionally rays of two distinct sizes. Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-I). Body ray cells procumbent with mostly 2 t Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The wood has a strong fetid odor when fresh.
The heartwood is usually pale brown to pale yellow-brown, moderately distinct to indistinct from the white or pale sapwood.
The grain is usually interlocked, sometimes straight.
The texture is fine to moderately fine, sometimes moderately coarse.
The wood is readily attacked by fungi and insects when exposed to the weather or in contact with the ground.
Tension wood may occur and cause twisting and warping.
Celtis is reported to be permeable to preservatives.
Ease of Drying: Shrinkage of the wood during air drying is low.
Wood of this species produces a moderate blunting effect.
It is moderately easy to work if it is free of tension wood. Sometimes difficult due to crystalline deposits, which blunt tools readily.
It usually gives a rough surface due to interlocked grain.
The wood is suitable for bent work.
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