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Senegalia catechu (black cutch; Khair; Katha; Catechu)

Synonyms: Acacia catechu

Wikipedia Abstract

Senegalia catechu is a deciduous, thorny tree which grows up to 15 m (50 ft) in height. The plant is called khair in Hindi, and kachu in Malay, hence the name was Latinized to "catechu" in Linnaean taxonomy, as the type-species from which the extracts cutch and catechu are derived. Common names for it include kher, catechu, cachou, cutchtree, black cutch, and black catechu. Senegalia catechu is found in Asia, China, India and the Indian Ocean area.
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Allergen Potential [1]  High
Janka Hardness [3]  2630 lbf (1193 kgf) Very Hard
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Specific Gravity [4]  0.801
Structure [2]  Tree


Coccus longulus (long brown scale)[5]


Bangladesh (native); Bhutan (native); China (native); India (native); India-ISO (native); Indonesia-ISO (introduced); Jawa (introduced); Mauritius (introduced); Myanmar (native); Nepal (native); Pakistan (native); Ryukyu Is (introduced); Sri Lanka (native); Taiwan (introduced); Thailand (native);

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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Wood Janka Hardness Scale/Chart J W Morlan's Unique Wood Gifts
4Chave J, Coomes D, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Swenson NG, Zanne AE (2009) Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Ecology Letters 12: 351-366. Zanne AE, Lopez-Gonzalez G, Coomes DA, Ilic J, Jansen S, Lewis SL, Miller RB, Swenson NG, Wiemann MC, Chave J (2009) Data from: Towards a worldwide wood economics spectrum. Dryad Digital Repository.
5Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
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