Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica)
Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica)

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Common Name(s): Indian Laurel

Scientific Name: Terminalia elliptica (syn. T. tomentosa)

Distribution: Southern Asia (primarily India and Myanmar)

Tree Size: 65-100 ft (20-30 m) tall, 2-3 ft (.6-1 m) trunk diameter

Average Dried Weight: 54 lbs/ft3 (855 kg/m3)

Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .73, .86

Janka Hardness: 2,340 lbf (10,390 N)

Modulus of Rupture: 14,710 lbf/in2 (101.4 MPa)

Elastic Modulus: 1,806,000 lbf/in2 (12.46 GPa)

Crushing Strength: 8,220 lbf/in2 (56.7 MPa)

Shrinkage: Radial: 4.8%, Tangential: 7.4%, Volumetric: 13.2%, T/R Ratio: 1.5

Color/Appearance: Varies from light brown to dark brown with darker, nearly black streaks. Sapwood is a pale pinkish color, clearly demarcated from the heartwood.

Grain/Texture: Grain is generally straight or slightly interlocked or irregular. With a medium to coarse uniform texture and low natural luster.

Endgrain: No data available.

Rot Resistance: Rated as moderately durable; poor insect resistance.

Workability: Generally easy to work, though sections with interlocked or irregular grain are more problematic. Turns and finishes well.

Odor: No characteristic odor.

Allergies/Toxicity: Although severe reactions are quite uncommon, Indian Laurel has been reported to cause skin irritation. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.

Pricing/Availability: Most commonly available as decorative veneer. Expect prices to be moderate for an imported hardwood.

Sustainability: This wood species is not listed in the CITES Appendices or on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Common Uses: Veneer, furniture, cabinetry, boatbuilding, turned objects, and other small specialty items.

Comments: No data available.

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Scans/Pictures: A special thanks to Steve Earis for providing the veneer sample of this wood species.

Indian Laurel (Terminalia elliptica)
Indian Laurel (sanded)

Indian Laurel (sealed)
Indian Laurel (sealed)

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Is it the same wood they call Taukkyan in Myanmar?

Bahtiar Zulham
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Bahtiar Zulham

Is it same species with Terminalia Catappa (Indian Almond) ?
If its different with Catappa, would you please to add Catappa wood identification.
Thankyou

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I just bought a Taylor guitar that has Laurel Back and sides, and it sounds Amazing!!!!

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Most of the sound of an acoustic guitar comes from the top, not the back and sides. That’s why most acoustics are made with cheaper woods or are laminated. I have a Taylor Big Baby which is at their low end. It has a laminated back and sides, yet it sounds great, too. The important part is having a solid top. Of course, if it’s made by Taylor, it doesn’t matter what wood they use. It’s going to sound great.