Thursday, June 22, 2006

josef george kamel, s.j. drawing of balayong leaf

Balayong aka tindalo, baarong, barawng, bayong (Afzelia rhomboidea Vidal syn. Pahudia rhomboidea (Blanco) Parin).
Balayong produces a prized lumber usually mistaken for narra because of its reddish brown color. Expert carpenters can distinguish the two because balayong has a deeper and richer color and retains a distinctive bean smell (maanta in Tagalog or in Visayan malangto) because the tree belongs to the Leguminosæ family.

Because of its appeal balayong is fast disappearing due to overlogging. The tree is not grown commercially but is harvested from primary forests.


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