Neuburgia corynocarpum (Gray) Leeam.
Aifim (West Irian); Rantiepi (Indonesia); Metan (Indonesia); Aifim (Indonesia)
Couthovia seemannii A. Gray; Couthovia novobritannica Kaneh. & Hatus.; Couthovia corynocarpa A. Gray
Small to fairly large tree, up to 40 m. The bole is straight, branchless for 20 m, with diameters of 100 cm, sometimes with buttresses.
Neuburgia occurs in primary or sometimes in old secondary forests, usually as an understorey tree in well drained or swampy areas. It is intolerant to salt water conditions, and it is found up to 2,000 m of altitude.
Wood diffuse porous. Vestured pits. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits similar to intervessel pits in size and shape. Intervessel pits small, 7 micras or less. Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Occasionally apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. Over 9 cells per pa 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays exclusively uniseriate. All ray cells upright and/or square. Fibers very thin walled. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The heartwood is grayish-white or greenish gray-yellow, not clearly demarcated from the paler sapwood.
The grain is straight, sometimes interlocked.
The texture varies from moderately fine to coarse.
The wood is attacked by fungi and insects when exposed to the weather or in contact with the ground.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be easy. Drying Defects: It has a marked tendency to distort.
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