Nepalese Alder (Alnus nepalensis)
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The bark contains 7% tannin, it is used in dyeing and tanning[11, 146, 272]. It is used to deepen the red colour of madder, Rubia cordifolia.
A fast growing species, it is suitable for plantation cultivation in tropical uplands. The tree is locally cultivated by West Java Forest Service to reforest eroded slopes under ever-wet climates. The tree establishes rapidly on areas subject to landslides, binding the soil with its extensive root system and stabilizig the slope.
Wood – soft, tough, even grained, rather durable, easily sawn, seasons well and does not warp. It is used to a limited extent in carpentry, house construction, tea boxes, for making furniture, rope bridges etc[146, 158, 269]. A very good timber, it deserves to be more widely used. In India the trees are coppiced every two years for fuel.
Cultivation & Habitat
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