Neesia altissima (Blume) Blume
Chang haek (Thailand); Bengang (Indonesia); Durian (Indonesia); Duyin (Myanmar); Gengang (Malaysia); Bungal (Malaysia); Durian daun (Malaysia); Djeung-djing (Malaysia); Durian tupai (Malaysia); True durian (Malaysia)
Neesia ambigua; Esenbeckia altissima Blume
It is an evergreen, medium-sized to large tree up to 50 m tall. The bole is often short, up to 120 cm in diameter, sometimes with short thick buttresses.
This species is found scattered in evergreen primary forests, often along streams or in freshwater swamps, up to 1,800 m of altitude. Not enough information available to apply the criterrion.(CITES,?,1997)
Wood diffuse porous. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more (large). Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits medium, 7 to 10 micras. Interves Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma c 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Ray height more than 1 mm. Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Tile cells. Fibers very thin walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
It has typical musk odor.
The whitish sapwood is clearly demarcated. The heartwood varies from pink-brown to gray-brown.
It is mostly straight, occasionally lightly interlocked.
This species is reported to have a medium to coarse texture.
The heartwood sometimes has a reddish luster.
It is perishable and prone to blue stain, infestation by ship-timber beetle is reported.
It is rated as permeable.
Ease of Drying: Seasoning is generally easy and rapid with little degrade. Drying Defects: Risk of moderate warping. Kiln Schedules: Kiln drying is fairly rapid under moderate schedules.
The wood converts well in all machining processes.
The wood converts well in planing, although it tends to pick up on quarter sawn surfaces.
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