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H. G. Richter and M. J. Dallwitz

Artocarpus spp. (Keledang)

Nomenclature etc. MORACEAE. A. lanceifolius Roxb., A. ovatus Blanco, A. rigidus, Artocarpus spp. The trade timber 'keledang' consists of these and other heavy and dark coloured species. Trade and local names: keledang, selangking, beruni (MY); selangking, tambang, basang (ID); kapiak (PG); anubing (PH); khanun, hat, mahat (TH). Not protected under CITES regulations.

Tree. Geographic distribution: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka to Indomalesia.

General. Heartwood basically brown green (heartwood dark olive to blackish brown). Sapwood colour distinct from heartwood colour. Density 0.6–0.85 g/cm³. With interlocked grain.

Vessels. Wood diffuse-porous. Vessels in multiples, commonly short (2–3 vessels) radial rows. Average tangential vessel diameter 160–370 µm. Average number of vessels/mm² 3–6(–9). Perforation plates simple. Intervessel pits alternate, average diameter (vertical) 8–13 µm. Vessel-ray pits with reduced borders or apparently simple, rounded or angular or horizontal to vertical. Tyloses in vessels present, thinwalled. Other deposits in heartwood vessels present (white or yellowish), tyloses occasionally sclerotic.

Tracheids and fibres. Fibres very thin-walled, or of medium wall thickness. Average fibre length 1200–1600 µm. Fibre pits mainly restricted to radial walls, simple to minutely bordered.

Axial parenchyma. Axial parenchyma not banded. Axial parenchyma paratracheal. Paratracheal axial parenchyma vasicentric, or aliform, or confluent. Aliform parenchyma lozenge. Axial parenchyma as strands. Average number of cells per axial parenchyma strand 3–4.

Rays. Rays 3–7 per tangential mm, multiseriate (also if only few), 3–6(–10) cells wide. Height of large rays commonly over 1000 µm. Rays composed of two or more cell types (heterocellular). Heterocellular rays with square and upright cells restricted to marginal rows, mostly 1 marginal row of upright or square cells. Sheath cells occasionally present.

Secretory structures. Laticifers or tanniniferous tubes present. Small latex tubes in rays.

Mineral inclusions. Crystals not observed. Silica present, as vitreous silica, in axial parenchyma or in fibres or in vessels. Vitrious silica observed in A. lanceifolius (axial parenchyma, fibres).

Illustrations. • Transverse section. Artocarpus lanceifolius. Inset: Fibres with small lumina and relatively thick walls. • Tangential section. Artocarpus lanceifolius. Note small latex tubes in rays (LT). LT . • Radial section. Artocarpus lanceifolius. Note small latex tubes in rays (LT). LT .


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Cite this publication as: ‘Richter, H.G., and Dallwitz, M.J. 2000 onwards. Commercial timbers: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Version: 25th June 2009. http://delta-intkey.com’.

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