Litsea leytensis Merr.
Batikuling (Philippines); Balbonera (Philippines); Magarilau (Philippines)
Litsea obtusata (Meissn.) Fernandez-Villar
It is a medium-sized tree up to 25 m tall. The bole is straight, cylindrical, up to 80 cm in diameter, with small buttresses.
An important source of medang timber, this forest species has become rare. It occurs at low and medium altitudes.
Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Tyloses common. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 to 200 micras. Vessel-ray pits reticulate and/or foraminate. Simple perforation plates. Intervessel pits large, 10 micras or more. Axial parenchyma aliform. Oil and/or mucilage cells in axial parenchyma (idioblasts). Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Body ray cells procumbent with one row of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-III).
It is reported to have a characteristic odor.
The heartwood usually ranges from pale olive-brown or creamy yellow to dark greenish-brown. The sapwood is often not distinctly demarcated from the heartwood.
The grain is straight or slightly to moderately interlocked.
The texture is typically moderately fine and even.
The wood is generally not durable and it is susceptible to fungal and Lyctus attack.
The heartwood is reported to be resistant to preservative treatment, but the sapwood is readily treatable.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be good, although material from Sarawak was difficult to dry. Drying Defects: It is reported not subject to checking and splitting, although material from Sarawak had a tendency to collapse. Kiln Schedules: Schedule suggested for Katon.
Sawmilling of this species is reportedly easy to slightly difficult.
Planing operations are rather easy.
Nailing is reported as easy.
Finishing properties are rated as good to fair.
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