Degeneria vitiensis I.W. Baily et A.C Smith
Species is endemic to Fiji, where it is large tree with 10m long bole and freely branching crown.
Tree grow fairly rapidly, but their potential is plantation has not yet been exploved. Perfers high altitudes
Masiratu is a light density hardwood suitable for furniture and paneling where softwood is not a disadvantage. light building timber. peeled and sliced veneer.
Vessels per mm2 6 to 10 (medium). Vessels per mm2 10 to 20 (abundant). Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 to 150 micras (small). Vessels in radial multiples of 2 to 4. Occasionally vessel clusters common. Multiple perforation plates. Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines (included in reticulate and scalariform). Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Rays of two distinct sizes.
Masiratu is pale pinkish-brown to red brown or dark brown in color. Sapwood may be pink to pale red and is often difficult to distinguish from heartwood.
Texture is intermediate.
Sapwood is immune or rarely susceptible to Lyctus attack. The timber has not been assessed for decay resistance. but a low rating can be anticipated.
Silica Content: non
Timber prone to blue-stain and termite attack. Sapwood treatable , heartwood resistance to impregnation.
Both dry and green timber are easy to saw and machine.
Dressed radial surfaces may be slightly corrugated. Because of the rays, but machined surface are still very good.
HOUSING GENERAL, beams, frames, FURNITURE AND CABINETS, PLYWOOD AND VENEER, faces, cores