Chir Pine (Pinus roxburghii)
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A tan or green dye is obtained from the needles.
The needles contain a substance called terpene, this is released when rain washes over the needles and it has a negative effect on the germination of some plants, including wheat.
A resin is obtained from the sapwood[51, 64, 158]. Trees are tapped for three years and then rested for three years. The yield is up to 5.5 kilos per tree. Oleo-resins are present in the tissues of all species of pines, but these are often not present in sufficient quantity to make their extraction economically worthwhile. The resins are obtained by tapping the trunk, or by destructive distillation of the wood[4, 64]. In general, trees from warmer areas of distribution give the higher yields. Turpentine consists of an average of 20% of the oleo-resin and is separated by distillation[4, 64]. Turpentine has a wide range of uses including as a solvent for waxes etc, for making varnish, medicinal etc. Rosin is the substance left after turpentine is removed. This is used by violinists on their bows and also in making sealing wax, varnish etc. Pitch can also be obtained from the resin and is used for waterproofing, as a wood preservative etc.
The wood is very resinous and can be splintered and used as a torch.
A charcoal made from the leaves, mixed with rice water, is used as an ink.
Wood – moderately hard. Used for construction, shingles, boxes etc. It is useful in cold climates but is not resistant to white ants[46, 146, 266].
Cultivation & Habitat
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