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Traditional and Emerging Species for the Furniture and Handicraft Industries
Scientific name: Dracontomelon dao (Blanco) Merr. & Rolfe
Common name: dao
1. Description
Dao is a tree that reaches a height of about 35-40 m and a diameter of 100 cm or more. The base of the stem is prominently buttressed. The outer bark is light gray to reddish gray in color, smooth, flaky, slightly slippery in character, and moderately thick (6 to 10 mm). Inner bark is purplish in color, stingy in texture when cut, and the odor resembles that of kalingag [Cinnamomum mercadoi Vid. (Lau) bark]. The leaves are evergreen, alternate and compound. The leaves of the seedlings are covered with short hairs in the dorsal surface, serrated when young. Leaves of mature trees have no hairs and become smooth, glossy, light green in color, perfectly entire, with smooth margin. They taste sour. Each leaf is about 17 to 18 cm. The leaflets are 15 cm in length and from 3 to 4 cm wide. There are no terminal leaflets. Flowers are yellowish red, in large cluster, and practically odorless. Fruits are rounded, about 2.5 cm in diameter, with leathery rind, juicy, and sour; endocarp is very hard and usually containing 3 seeds.
2. Habitat
This species thrives best in primary and secondary forests at low altitude. It is intolerant to shade in its young and mature stages.
3. Uses of wood
Dao is a multi-purpose tree species. Its wood can be used for sliced and rotary veneers, cabinet works, tables, crates, boxes, and matches. It can also be used in light construction like bancas and rafters.
4. Planting materials
Seeds and cuttings can be used as planting materials.
Scientific Name: Diospyros discolor Willd.
Common Name: Kamagong, mabolo, mala-santol
1. Description
Kamagong is a tree that reaches a height of 20 m and a diameter of 80 cm. The bole is irregular, often defective and straight, but oftentimes bending shortly above the ground. The bark is about 3-5 mm thick, brown, rarely black, the inner pinkish. The leaves are simple, alternate, and leathery in texture, pointed at the apex, round or pointed at the base. The upper surface is green and shiny, the lower covered with soft, pale hairs. The fruit is large, rounded, fleshy, 7-9 cm in diameter, densely covered with brown hairs, edible with disagreeable odor but has a good flavor. It contains seeds which are oblong to ellipsoid, 2.5-3.0 cm X 1.6-2.0 cm.
2. Habitat
Kamagong is often found in primary and secondary forests at low and medium altitudes. They are typical in limestone soils in the coastal areas which are usually quite shallow and excessively drained.
3. Uses of wood
The wood is generally used for house construction such as flooring, post, interior finish, doors, windows, joists, sills, frames, ceiling beams, rafters, trusses, girders, and stairs; making medium grade furniture, office fixtures; foundation piles, telephone and electric light poles; wharf and bridge construction; railroad ties, mine timber; banca, framing of barges, shipbuilding, marine piling; and other uses where a moderately hard and comparatively heavy wood is required.
4. Planting materials
Kamagong may be propagated by using seeds.
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