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Chapter 02: Basic wood biology—Anatomy for identificationAuthor(s): Alex Wiedenhoeft
Source: In: Identification of Central American Woods. 2011. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. Publication #7215-11, ISBN 978-1-892529-58-9. pp. 11-20.
Publication Series: Book Chapter
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionBefore the topics of using a hand lens, preparing wood for observation, and understanding the characters used in wood identification can be tackled, a general introduction to the biology of wood must be undertaken. The woods in commercial trade in Central America come almost exclusively from trees, so the discussion of wood biology is restricted to trees here, though most of what is presented is also true of shrubs and lianas.
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CitationWiedenhoeft, Alex. 2011. Chapter 02: Basic wood biology—Anatomy for identification. In: Identification of Central American Woods. 2011. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. Publication #7215-11, ISBN 978-1-892529-58-9. pp. 11-20.
Keywordswood identification, hand lens, Central America, Central American woods, commercial timber, pattern recognition, wood identification process, biology of wood, wood anatomy, wood structure, scientific names, loupe, macroscopic, sample preparation, surfacing, cutting, characters, vessels, rays, parenchyma, identification key, species description, similar woods, species summaries, wood collection, wood identification references, InsideWood
- Chapter 08: Comments on, and additional information for, wood identification
- Chapter 03: Correct use of a hand lens
- Chapter 05: Basic characters used in the identification of wood with a hand lens
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