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Friday, January 21, 2011

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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