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Calophyllum inophyllum

Common namesAlexandria laurel, Beauty leaf, dilo, fetau, Indian laurel, Kamani, nabangura, tamanu, te itai
Ecocrop code588

BRIEF DESCRIPTION A medium-sized evergreen tree reaching a height of 25-35 m. It usually has a twisted or leaning bole up to 150 cm in diameter. Leaves are elliptical, ovate, obovate or oblong about 8 x 20 cm. USES The timber is used for construction, furniture, cabinet work, cart-wheel hubs, vessels, musical instruments, canoes and boats. An oil extracted from the seeds are used for illumination, soap making and has medicinal properties. The latex and bark also have medicinal uses. The tree is planted as ornamental and shade tree, and for reforestation and afforestation. The fruit is edible. KILLING T It is sensitive to frost. GROWING PERIOD Perennial. (GMIN and GMAX estimated by the compiler). COMMON NAMES Alexandrian laurel, Borneo mahogany, Dilo oil tree, Dingkaran, Bintangor laut, Penaga laut, Penaga, Beach calophyllum, Palo maria, Bitaog, Ponnyet, Ph'ong, Krathing, Saraphee naen, Poon, Sultanachampa, Punnag, Kath champa, Vuma, Honne, Hoohonae, Nameru, Naowakan, Suragi, Surahonne, Punna, Undi, Surangi, Poonang, Njamplung, Nagachampa, Punnaga, Punnai, Pinnay, Pouna. FURTHER INF Alexandrian laurel can be found along the sandy sea coasts in the tropics and it can sometimes also be found inland up to 200 m in elevation. Relative humidity should be 60-100% in July and 60-80% in January. It withstand full exposed to the blast of the sea winds and acts as an efficient shore protector in most places. It is sensitive to fire.
SOURCES (C. inophyllum L.)
Rashid M 1975 pp 234-238 [TEMP, RAIN, TEXT, DRA, PH, SAL, LIG, USE]
Soerianegara I 1993 pp 114 & 123 [USE, TEXT]