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Title: Chapter 08: Comments on, and additional information for, wood identification

Source: In: Identification of Central American Woods. 2011. Forest Products Society, Madison, WI. Publication #7215-11, ISBN 978-1-892529-58-9. pp. 159-163.

Author(s)Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.

Publication Year: 2011  View PDF »

Category: Book Chapter

Abstract: This manual has described the theory of identification (Chapter 1), the botanical basis of wood structure (Chapter 2), the use of a hand lens (Chapter 3), how to use cutting tools to prepare wood for observation with a lens (Chapter 4), and the characters used in hand lens wood identification (Chapter 5) before leading you through an identification key (Chapter 6) and species description pages (Chapter 7). I hope that by this point you have developed a greater understanding of the principles and practice of field wood identification. Having spent considerable time and effort learning the rudiments of this scientific and artistic discipline, you may now have many additional questions. Below I attempt to answer some of the questions I have anticipated and direct you to additional resources if what is offered below does not fully satisfy your curiosity.

Keywords: wood 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

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 974 kb(s)

Date posted: 10/23/2012

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RITS Product ID: 62653
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.
Research Botanist

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