Species: Duabanga

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Species profile
The wood is light yellow to light brown and does not have demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is coarse. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.50 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Surface is sometimes fuzzy. Keep sharp tools. Filling is necessary to obtain a good finish. Nailing is poor and gluing is correct. Duabanga dries rapid.

Duabanga is not durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood).

Duabanga can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. furniture, fiber and particle boards, veneer, paneling, boxes and crates, moulding, joinery, sliced veneer, pulp, matches

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:LYTHRACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Lampati Ramdala, Magas, Magasawith, Myaukngo, Loktob, Phay, Kalam, Tagahas, Phay-sung, Duabanga, Linkwai,
Scientific name(s)
Duabanga Grandiflora, Duabanga Moluccana,
Typical use
Moulding, Interior panelling, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Fiber or paticle boards, Pulp, Floats, Interior joinery, Veneer for interior of plywood, Boxes and crates, Sliced veneer, Blockboard, Matches, Turned goods,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:39 MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,50
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:64 MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 5 - Not durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 2 - Moderately permeable
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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