Alseodaphne insignis Gamble
Medang tandok (Malaysia); Medang burung (Indonesia); Medang tanah (Malaysia); Medang payong (Malaysia); Medang
It is an evergreen or briefly deciduous, small to medium-sized tree up to 30 m tall. The bole is usually fairly straight, branchless for up to 21 m, up to 60 cm in diameter, sometimes with small or rarely up to 3 m high buttresses.
It is distributed along peninsular Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.
The sawdust from the wood close to the bark contains fibers that irritate the skin.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in radial multiples of 4 or more common. Tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessel-ray pits reticulate and/or foraminate. Occasionally helical thickenings in vessel elements present. Simple perforation plates. Occa Axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Occasionally paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally larger rays more than 4 seriate. Occasionally oil and/or mucilage cells associated with the axial and/or ray parenchyma (idioblasts). Body ray cells procumbent with mostly 2 to 4 rows of upright and/or square margin Septate fibers present. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The wood has camphor-like smell when freshly cut.
The heartwood is pale gray-green to gray-green, moderately differentiated from the pale yellow-green sapwood, darkening to brown with a green tinge on exposure.
The grain is straight to moderately interlocked.
The texture is moderately fine.
Alseodaphne is reportedly moderately durable.
Impregnation of the sapwood is easy, but the heartwood is reportedly difficult to preserve.
Ease of Drying: Drying is reported to be rapid without significant defects. Drying Defects: Cupping is reported when drying thin boards. Kiln Schedules: Durian wood is generally easy and rapid to kiln dry. It is recommended to air dry the timber for at least 2 weeks before kiln drying.
Wood of this species is easy to cut.
The wood is easy to plane with only very slight picking up.
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