• Family:
  • Verbenaceae.
  • Scientific Name:V

  • Gmelina arborea Roxb

  • Common Name:

  • Melina

  • Origin:

  • Asia, especially India in the Sub-Himalayan elevations

  • It is a fast-growing species and one of the few in our country that offers extensive possibilities for the development of industrial reforestation, due among other aspects to its ease of use, the versatility of its handling in production and manufacturing as well as its physical and mechanical properties.

Tree Physiognomy

  • Tree:
  • Reaches 30 m high and 120 cm in diameter with a deep root system.
  • Trunk:

  • Defect-free, virtually straight.

  • Bark:

  • Pale grey in color. Fine and smooth with the passage of time it acquires a brown tone and becomes rougher

  • Cup:

  • Dome-shaped

   Characteristics and properties of        wood: 

  • The wood exhibits a pale yellowish color, sometimes with tones of white, yellow, cream and pink. There is little differentiation between sapwood and heartwood, which makes the color very uniform. Odorless wood, medium brightness and fine and uniform texture.
  • Natural durability:

  • 7 to 9 years.
  • Wood handling:

  • Easy to work and carve. It is harvested without difficulty, acquires good luster and polishes well.

  • Drying:

  • Air drying and conventional artificial drying (drying oven).

  • Main uses:

  • Sawmill, furniture, handicrafts, drawers, pulp, plywood, packaging, posts, carpentry, boards and agglomerates.

Physical and mechanical properties