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Friday, January 21, 2011

Kra Nhourng - Dalbergia cochinchinensis Pierre

Source: Wood Planet

Native to Indochina and adjacent countries, this tree species is
shade-tolerant when young. It usually occurs sparsely in open and semi-deciduous forests from 400 – 500 m a.s.l., and prefers deep sand, clays, or calcareous soils (Khorn, 2002). This rosewood prefers uniform rainfall that ranges from 1200-1650 mm per year.

Kra Nhourng Seed

The species requires high amounts of light to thrive, and is drought tolerant and able to grow on most soils (DFSC, 2000). Within Cambodia, the species is found in Kampong Thom, Preah Vihear, Ratanakiri, Pursat, Siem Reap, Kratie, Koh Kong, Stung Treng, and Modulkiri (Khorn, 2002; see map).

Beng - Afzelia xylocarpa

Source: Wood Planet

Afzelia xylocarpa is a tree from Southeast Asia. It grows in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Burma in deciduous forests. It can reach 30 meters tall with a trunk up to 2 meters in diameter in a mature specimen. An alternative Latin name is Pahudia cochinchinensis.

Beng Seed

The seeds are harvested for medicinal purposes. The seed pulp can be used to make cigarettes, and the bark and seed are used for herbal medicine. The highly-figured lumber is often sold as Afzelia Xylay. The wood is used for ornamental woodturning, pens, knife handles, carvings, and musical instruments.

* Khmer: បេង [beːŋ]
* Laotian: ຄ່າ [kʰāː]
* Mandarin Chinese: 缅茄 (pinyin: "miǎnqié")
* Thai: ~ makha (มะค่า)
* Vietnamese: Gõ đỏ.

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