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H. G. Richter, K. Gembruch, G. Koch

Sequoia sempervirens (D. Don) Endl. (Redwood)

Nomenclature. Family: CUPRESSACEAE sensu latu ( formerly: TAXODIACEAE). Further trade and local names: Sequoia (GB); California redwood, vavona (US); Redwood (DE). Code according to DIN EN 13556: SESM. Internal code: RED.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Not protected.

Geographic distribution. North America. West coast of the US (South Oregon, Northwest Califonia).

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries distinct; transition from earlywood to latewood abrupt. Heartwood basically brown to red; without streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour (narrow). Sapwood usually white with shades of yellow grey intermingled; heartwood reddish to brown with a purplish tinge, wood darkening uniformly under prolonged exposure. The prominent latewood zones produce a decorative figure on tangential (V-shaped markings) and radial (fine striping) faces. Odour indistinct or absent. Wood light weight and soft, or of medium weight (0,4–0,5 g/cm3). Interlocked grain absent.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) absent (= softwood).

Rays. Rays narrow. Large rays commonly less than 1 mm high.

Resin canals. Normal resin canals absent.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent. Water extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Heartwood extractives not leachable by water. Ethanol extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown. Froth test weak positive. Splinter burns to partial ash; colour of ash white to grey.

Additional information. Informationsdienst Holz Merkblatt Nr. 10. • red.jpg. Sequoia sempervirens (Redwood). Transverse section ca. 10x. Tangential surface, natural size.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., Gembruch, K., and Koch, G. 2014 onwards. CITESwoodID: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, and Spanish. Version: 16th May 2014. delta-intkey.com’.

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