Garcinia myrtifolia A.C.Smith
Average bole length is 12 m,mximum 20 m. Genus Garcinia is important as source of edible fruit, producing the popular Mangosteen.Most species are slow-growing.
In primary,secondary,open or rocky forests,sometimes on limestone. Found usually above 50 m in Fiji up to 915 m,and in Tonga up to 400 m.
Widespread but not common troughout Malaysia,Indonesia,the Philippines, New Guinea and the Pacific.
Vessels per mm2 more than 20 (very abundant). Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 to 150 micras (small). Vessels in radial multiples of 2 to 4. Occasionally vessels in radial multiples of 4 or more common. Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines (included in reticulate and scalariform). Axial parenchyma confluent.
Laubu is yellow to orange-brown in color, sometimes with bright yellow streaking. The sapwood band,50～75 mm wide, is straw to yellow-brown. Dark and knotty cores a feature of some logs.
The grain is usually straight, sometimes wavy.
Texture is intermediate and uniform.
Sapwood is susceptible to Lyctus attack. Heartwood is not durable being rate adequate only for hazard 1 end uses. Timber out of ground contact, continuously protected from the weather. Timber liable to pinhole borer and marine borer attack. Sapwood permeable,
Sawing produces smooth surfaces in the green and air dry condition.
It turns well and can be machined satisfactorily with only occasional chipping on some radial faces. Some of the siliceous South-East Asian species may be more difficult to work.
Difficult to nail when dry, has very good wearing properties
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