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

Dalbergia cochinchinensis Pierre ex Laness. (Burma rosewood) - CITES II

Nomenclature. Family: FABACEAE-FABOIDEAE. Further trade and local names: Mai payung (TH); kran houng (KH); trac (VN). Code according to DIN EN 13556: none. Internal code: BPA.

CITES(EU) status of protection. Listed in Annex II(B). Similar woods: Dalbergia cambodiana, D. cultrata, D. dongnaiensis, D. fusca, D. latifolia, etc..

Geographic distribution. Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia. Indochina (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam); Myanmar (= Burma).

Growth rings, colour, grain, etc. Growth ring boundaries indistinct or absent. Heartwood basically brown (leather to almost black brown); without streaks. Sapwood distinct from heartwood colour. Odour distinct (rather unpleasant). Wood heavy and hard (0.98–1.06). Interlocked grain present.

Hardwood vs softwood. Vessels (pores) present (= hardwood).

Vessels (pores). Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels (pores) in multiples; commonly in short (2–3 vessels) radial rows, or in radial rows of 4 or more. Vessels medium, or large; very few. Tyloses absent. Other deposits in heartwood vessels (pores) present, or absent (in case sapwood is mistaken for heartwood).

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma present; banded. Parenchyma bands not (only) marginal; narrow; forming a reticulate pattern with rays. Parenchyma bands very fine, often discontinuous. Other macroscopically visible types of axial parenchyma: vasicentric, aliform. Aliform parenchyma of the lozenge type.

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

Storied structure. Storied structure present. Tiers regular (horizontal or slightly inclined), or irregular; 5–7 per axial millimetre.

Physical and chemical tests. Heartwood not fluorescent. Water extract fluorescent (light green); colourless to brown. Ethanol extract not fluorescent; colourless to brown (dark brown). Froth test positive. Splinter burns to full ash, or to partial ash; colour of ash white to grey, or yellow-brown (different specimens = variable ash colour).

Additional information. • bpa.jpg. 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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