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EAST INDIAN LAUREL


Terminalia spp.


Terminalia spp of the family Combretaceae. Usually will be Terminalia tomentosa but may also include Terminalia alata, Terminalia arjuna and Terminalia elliptica.

Indian laurel on the other hand, is actually a fig variety, usually Ficus retusa or Ficus microcarpa, but there is confusion because often vendor do not even realize there IS an Indian laurel and so call East Indian laurel just Indian laurel.

my samples:
NOTE: these pics were all taken in very bright incandescent lighting ("soft white" at 2700K)
colors will vary under other lighting conditions




both sides of a sample plank of East Indian laurel / Terminalia elliptica --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above


both sides of a sample plank of East Indian laurel / Temintalia tomentosa --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by Mark Peet whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site.


end grain and HIGH GRIT END GRAIN CLOSEUP of the piece directly above


both sides of a sample plank of East Indian laurel / Terminalia alata --- HUGE enlargements are present. This sample was loaned to me by David Clark whom I thank for this and other contributions to the site. The plank is rife with white rot and is from a sample maker (not David) whose samples are often of inferior quality.


end grain and end grain closeup of the piece directly above


END GRAIN UPDATE from directly above

web pics:



East Indian laurel planks


East Indian laurel turning stock (waxed)


East Indian laurel turning stock, which, being from the BogusColorVendor, is likely not nearly as colorful in reality as is shown here.


East Indian misc veneer pieces


East Indian flat cut veneer


East Indian quartersawn figured veneer


East Indian fiddleback veneer


East Indian figured veneer --- the figure, sometimes listed as "fiddleback" is very faint


East Indian fiddleback veneer with a stronger figure strong than one usually finds in this variety


figured East Indian laurel veneer, also with a "figure" so faint as to almost meaningless as a designation


figured East Indian laurel veneer