Platymitra arborea (Blanco) Kessler
Sapiro (Philippines); Bolon (Philippines); Lanutan (Philippines)
Alphonsea philippinensis Merr; Alphonsea arborea (Blanco) Merr
It is a medium-sized to fairly large tree up to 40 m tall. The bole is straight, cylindrical, up to 80 cm in diameter, occasionally with buttresses up to 1.5 m high.
This species grows scattered in primary lowland rain forests, up to 300 m of altitude.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits small, 7 micras or less. Two cells per parenchyma strand. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. Axial parenchyma in narrow bands on lines up to 3 cells wide. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays less than 4 per mm (rare). Rays of two distinct sizes. Ray height more than 1 mm. Larger rays more than 4 seriate. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Body ray cells procumbent with one row Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is yellow-white to yellowish-brown with a slight green tinge, not clearly differentiated from the paler sapwood.
The grain is mostly straight
Texture is usually moderately fine.
The wood is non-durable and not resistant to dry-wood termites and fungal attack.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be good. Drying Defects: Risk of slight splitting.
Machining of this species is reported to be easy.
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