OUR TRIP TO BURMAH.
SOME PRINCIPAL FOREST TREES OF BURMAH*
1. Tectonia Grandis.aN. O. Verbenaceie. Teak, the staple wood of the country, impervious to white ants; used in buildings and in furniture; its forests monopolized by Government; extensively exported for shipbuilding and other purposes.
2. Dipterocarpus, kevis, turbinatus, and grandiflora.a N. O. Dipteracese. The wood-oil tree, called also red wood of the Tenasserim provinces. Very common, and much used in house building; furnishes good charcoal; torches are made from it.
3. Acacia Catechu.aN. 0. Mimoseae. Cutch tree. Abundant near Tonghoo; extensively used in the manufacture of catechu, to be eaten with betel nut (i.e. areca nut); used also for making doorposts, handles, etc.
The Acacia also produces gum-arabic. A. odoratissima produces a very hard wood; the trees are large; the timber used by the Burmese for making cart-wheels.
4. Juga Xilocarpa.aN. O. Ebenaceae. Iron-wood; very heavy. More durable than teak; difficult to work. The heart of the tree is black. It is used for making wooden bells for cattle, and small canoes.
5. Odina Wodier.aN. 0. Anacardiaceae. Burmese name Nabai. The wood used for sheaths of swords and oil presses.
6. Terminalia.aN. O. Combretacese. Several species of this tree occur. The wood of all is said to be used in house building. The bark of one species yields a black dye, used in colouring fishing-nets by the natives.
7. Blachwellia tomentosa.,aN. O. Homaliaceae. Monkeysa slipping tree, so-called from its smooth stem. Yields a timber that is not very durable.
8. Vitex leucoxylon, arborea, etc. a N. O. Verbenaceae. Wood used for cart-wheels ; also for making wooden bells. When old it is chocolate-coloured; hard and durable.
* The list is taken chiefly from official Administration Reports of Burmah, and from Dr. Masonas work.* The list is taken chiefly from official Administration Reports of Burmah, and from Dr. Masona s work.