Paldao (Dracontomelon dao)


Common names: Pacific walnut, New Guinea walnut


Distribution : Southeast Asia, particularly in the Philippines and Malaysia


Color/appearance : Ranges from light to medium brown, sometimes with a reddish, grayish, or greenish cast. Darker brown to black streaks common. Wide pink to gray sapwood usually demarcated from heartwood. Quartersawn surfaces exhibit a broken ribbon stripe figure.


Janka hardness: 1040 lbf


Density: 3.5 lbf


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 3.9%

Tangential (width): 7.5%,

Volumetric (total): 11.5%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.9


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Paldao


Sustainability: CITES: no  IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, and flooring


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