Rusticity By-The-Wood Series : The Mango
Posted on Tuesday, January 03 2017 05:32:00 AM in Blog by Ipsita Dasgupta
The Mango (scientifically known as the Mangifera indica) is a variety of hardwood originating in India and found across tropical Asia and Oceania. Most oak trees are deciduous, with a few being of the evergreen type. The tree grows up to 100-130 feet, with a lifespan of about 100 years. It is most popularly known for its delicious mango fruit, but once it reaches maturity, the yield reduces and hence it is sold off as timber.
The wood of the Mango tree is a pleasant kaleidoscope of colours, due to the spalting (wood coloration caused by fungi) that is present. Under normal circumstances, the wood is generally a golden brown colour with paler undertones of yellow and straw.
The mango wood grain is generally interlocked or curly, while straight grain features in from time to time. It has a medium coarse structure and a naturally polished lustre.
Due to its unique effectiveness in bringing the feeling of warmth in a room, mango wood is popularly used for furnishing and flooring purposes. It is also used in making of the musical instrument ukuleles. Plywood is also made out of mango wood.
The wood from the Mango tree is highly durable and water-resistant. However, it is susceptible to damage by fungi and insects.
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Mango is the national fruit of India, and holds great value in its cultural history. The Mughal Emperor Akbar had 100,000 mango trees planted in Darbhanga, Bihar, at the place which is now called Lakhi Bagh.