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Friday, January 21, 2011

Kra Nhourng - Dalbergia cochinchinensis Pierre

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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

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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.

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


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.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thnong - Pterocarpus macrocarpus Kurz

Source: Wood Planet

This species is a common constituent of tropical deciduous
forests in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (FIPI, 1996). In Cambodia the species usually occurs in dense deciduous or cleared forests up to 700 m a.s.l. (Dy Phon, 2000).

Thnong Seed

The species is rarely found in primary forests. The tree is often mixed with many other species, but often occurs as a dominant plant. It is a light-demanding, drought tolerant tree that is suitable for well drained, light textured soils with shallow depths and little humus (Khorn, 2002). It is found in Kampong Thom, Stung Treng, Preah Vihear, Rattanakiri, Kratie, Siem Reap, Kampot, Pursat and Mondulkiri (Khorn, 2002; see map).

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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