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- Bilwara - Ceylon Rosewood
Bilwara - Ceylon Rosewood
Albizia odoratissima AKA Black Siris - Ceylon Rosewood
A member of the Fabaceae family, is a fast-growing, deciduous tree reaching 49 to 82 ft in height, a diameter of 47–59 in, and native to large parts of India (where it is known as 'Kali Siris' or 'Black Siris'), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka (where it is known as 'Ceylon Rosewood') and China.
It has been extensively planted as a shade tree in tea and coffee plantations. The shade extends the productive life of crop plants and increases annual yields. Albizia odoratissima has an attractive dark brown to black heartwood, often striped, durable and dense. It seasons with few problems, and works and polishes well. Wood weight at 12% moisture content is 735 kg/cubic meter. The wood is 20-40% stronger than teak.