Cerbera floribunda K. Schumann
Babai (Indonesia); Brebong (Indonesia); Grey milkwood (Papua New Guinea); Biegbau (Indonesia); Cassowary plum
Cerbera trees are small to medium sized, up to 30 m tall, reaching a diameter of 90 cm, without buttresses.
This species is usually associated with water, it occurs along rivers, in swamp forests and behind mangrove forests.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in diagonal and/or radial pattern. Occasionally vessels in radial multiples of 4 or more common. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina Occasionally axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cells and/or in fibers. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. 5 to 8 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). 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 to 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-II). Fibers very thin walled. Fibers with distinctly bordered pits.
The heartwood is white to pale yellow-brown, not demarcated from the white sapwood.
The grain varies from straight to slightly interlocked.
The wood is frequently reported to be fine textured.
It is perishable and prone to be infested wood degrading organisms.
The heartwood is reported to be resistant to preservative treatment.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be rapid. It takes about 3 months to dry 4 cm thick boards to air-dry condition. Drying Defects: Some risk of warping and surface checking is reported. Kiln Schedules: Schedule recommended for Mengkulang. A temperature of 57 to 77 degrees and a corresponding relative humidity of 80% to 40% are recommended.
Machining operations are rather easy.
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