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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Neang Nuon - Dalbergia oliveri

Source: Wood Planet

Dalbergia oliveri is a species of legume in the Fabaceae family which grows in tree form to 15 - 30 meters in height. The fruit is a green pod containing one to two seed which turns brown to black when ripe. It is found in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. The Cambodian name is "Neang Nuon", the Thai name is "Tamalan", the Lao name is "Mai Kham Phii" and the Vietnamese name is "cẩm lai" or "trắc lai". It is threatened by habitat loss and over-harvesting for its valuable red lumber.

Neang Nuon Seed

Uses

The wood of this rosewood-family tree is valuable for ornamental work including Woodturning and furniture. The sapwood is yellowish-white with dark brown heartwood. The heartwood is very hard and heavy. The lumber is sold under the names Burmese Rosewood, Laos Rosewood, Asian Rosewood.


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