Vitex parviflora Juss.
Sagat (Philippines); Amugauan (Philippines); Molave (Philippines); Pulikaa (Indonesia); Kayu kula (Indonesia)
It is a medium-sized to fairly large tree, up to 30 m tall. The bole is up to 125 cm in diameter and branchless for up to 20 m, but often much shorter and crooked, with buttresses.
Molave is the dominant timber species in monsoon forest in the Philippines. It occurs on well-drained limestone soils. Exploitation of the highly prized timber has led to the reduction of molave forests. The species is now subject to felling controls in t
Plantations of this species are reported in Central America.
Vessels exclusively solitary (over 90%). Tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 5 to 20. Simple perforation plates. Intervessel pits large, 10 micras or more. Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Septate fibers present. Fibers with distinctly bordered pits.
The heartwood is pale straw-colored or grayish to pale brown, and usually not very distinct from the sapwood which is slightly paler.
The grain is variable, being straight, wavy or interlocked.
This species is reported to have a fine to moderately fine texture.
It is durable, even when used outside and in contact with the ground. It is fairly resistant to fungal, termite and Lyctus beetle attack, but not to marine wood borers.
The heartwood is very resistant to preservative treatment. The sapwood is moderately permeable.
Ease of Drying: Drying is moderately easy; some particular care is needed. Drying Defects: Risks of checks. Kiln Schedules: Schedule proposed as a reference by comparison with well known species taking into account to the general technological behavior of this species.
Cutting resistance is generally low.
Machining operations are rather easy.
Planing of this species is reported to be easy.
Vitex timber needs pre-boring, but the nail holding properties are good.
Finishing of this species is reportedly easy.
Polishing of this species is reportedly easy.
This species is easy to bend.
It is easy to work with hand tools.
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