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General Description
Tree & Wood Descriptions for: Pterocymbium tinctorium

Product Sources

It is not known at present whether some material from this species is obtainable from sustainably managed, salvaged, recycled, or other environmentally responsible sources.

Tree Data

Trees growing in the forests in India are described as tall and straight, reaching heights of about 100 to 130 feet (30 to 40 m), with trunk diameters of 8.5 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3 m). Boles are cylindrical and clear of branches for (80 to 100 feet (24 to 30 m). Trees growing in the Philippines are reported to reach a trunk diameter of about 36 inches (90 cm).

Heartwood Color

The wood is creamy-white to oatmeal in color, and is reported to often show a dirty gray discoloration. Sapwood and heartwood are not distinguishable.


Grain is described as perfectly straight. A conspicuous silver grain is reported to be present, and tangential surfaces often have distinct ripple marks.


Texture is reported to be rather coarse in appearance, but it neither loose or rough. The wood is very soft and very light, and can be easily dented with a finger nail.


Radial surfaces without discoloration are reported to be lustrous.


Odor and taste are reported to be indistinct.

Natural Durability

The wood is reported to have very little natural resistance to decay in exposed situations and in contact with ground, but properly seasoned material tends to last fairly well under cover. Logs and converted timber are reported to be readily attacked insects, especially powder-post beetles and pin-hole borers. Blu sap stain and fungus attack are also reported to be common.

Strength Properties

The species has average, or medium, density.


This light and very soft timber is reported to be highly suitable for use as floaters for rafting heavy logs and for fish-net floats.