BACKWOOD SPECIES

August, 09

LINGGUA



LINGGUA (Petrocarpus Indicus) is also known as Amboyna, the name is derived from Ambon Island, Indonesia. It is one of the most sought after wood and one of the most expensive of all burls.

LINGGUA

Also known as Amboyna, the name is derived from Ambon Island, Indonesia. It is one of the most sought after wood and one of the most expensive of all burls. From red to gold to brown, the straight to soothingly gentle curls of Linggua have never failed to mystify the eye. Also frequently sold as veneer or as small turning/craft blanks. The reddishness of the heartwood specified as “Red Linggua” and “Golden Linggua” for the lighter yellowish hues immortalizes the nature of this wood.


WOOD SPECIES DETAILS

NAME
Linggua, Amboyna

BOTANICAL NAME
Pterocarpus indicus Wild

NAME IN OTHER COUNTRIES
Narra (Philippines, USA); Amboyna, Manilapadauk (UK, USA); Amboine (France, German); amboina (Spain, Italy, Sweden, Netherland, German); sandalo royo indico (Spain); sena (Malaysia); angsana (Sabah); vitali (Philippines)

WOOD FAMILY
Papilionaceae

DISTRIBUTION
Jawa, Sulawesi Selatan, Timor, Sumba

TREE CHARACTER:
The tree can reach from10-30m in height and diameter can reach up to 150cm.

COLOUR
Heartwood tends to be vary from a golden yellow to reddish brown. Pale yellow sapwood clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

WOOD TEXTURE
Grain can be interlock and sometimes wavy.. Texture is medium coarse to rough, uneven texture but good natural luster.

ROT RESISTANCE
A good weathering characteristic and very durable regarding decaying. Resistant to termite and powder beetle attack.

DRY WEIGHT
570 – 700kg/m3

JANKA HARDNESS
5620 Nm

BRINELL HARDNESS
4.9 N/mm²

MODULUS OF RUPTURE
96.3 MPa

MODULUS OF ELASTIC
11890 MPa

CRUSHING STRENGTH
57.0 MPa

WORKABILITY
Easy to work with hand tools and machining.

USAGE
Furniture, flooring, veneers, plywood and carvings.


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