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Andaman Padauk

Andaman Padauk
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-10
Categories: Trees
Camera: Olympus Sp 510uz
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-04-29 6:30
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Points: 12
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I had clicked this photograph at Wandoor beach, Port Blair. I could see many of the tall Padauk trees flat on the ground after being struck by the giant waves of Tsunami. They had truly faced the deadliest of all tsunamis recorded in Sumatra ocean basin. ... 26 Dec 2004. Many of these trees could stand bravely to tell us the story but few were lying ripped off root on the beaches to tell us that they gave their today for our tomorrow.

During my Andaman trip the greatest surprise had been always the majestic trees called "Andaman Paduak" truly very tall trees. The tree in reference is Andaman Padauk (Pterocarpus dalbergioides) is a species of legume in the Fabaceae family. It is found only in India.


More about this tree is taken from internet and given below:-

Andaman Padauk is a tall deciduous tree found only in Andaman. It grows upto height of 120+ feet. The timber is highly prized for making furniture. Burr and Buttress formation adds charm to the tree and used in making unique furniture.

King Solomon, proverbial for his wisdom in governing the Israelites during the 10th century B.C., must have really known his wood, too. He chose stalwart padauk for the pillars of his temple.

French Kings Louis XV and Louis XVI were separated from Solomon by thousands of years. Yet, these 17th-century rulers also favored a red-orange padauk they called narra. With it, royal woodworkers crafted kingly cups and chalices. Because water placed in these vessels turned yellow, royalty believed the “potion” had medicinal properties.

A century later, the colorful wood of Solomon and the Louis attracted even wider acclaim. As a veneer named amboyna, padauk was featured in Empire-style furniture.

Far removed from European pomp and furniture fashion of the 1800s, convicts sent to British penal colonies in the Andaman islands off Burma labored to supply the padauk sought by world craftsmen. In fact, Chicago’s Pullman Company imported much of this exotically beautiful and durable “Andaman” padauk to panel railroad passenger cars.

Wood identification

All seven species we recognize as padauk belong to the genus Pterocarpus. African padauk (P. soyauxi), sometimes referred to as vermillion, is the only padauk species readily available today. Others occasionally sold include Andaman padauk (P. dalbergioides), Angola padauk or muniga, kiaat (P. angolensis), Burmese padauk (P. macrocarpus), narra (P. indicus), and sandalwood padauk (P. santalinus).

Padauk grows in tropical climates, although the geography changes from rain forest to dry, nearly treeless plains with each species. You’ll find padauk in India, Indochina, the South Pacific, West Africa, and even southern Florida.

Except for squatty African muninga, most padauk trees look like elms, with large, spreading crowns reaching to a height of 120′. Averaging 7′ in girth, their slightly irregular, fluted trunks have smooth, yellow-tinted bark. Trunks often have no branches for the first 65′.

The leaves of some padauk species provide protein in human diets as a substitute for green vegetables. All padauks bear distinctive, round, inedible fruit banded by a flat wing that gives them a flying saucer-like appearance. In fact, pterocarpus means “winged fruit.”

Depending on the species, padauk’s coarse-grained heartwood varies in color from a lustrous purple-red to orange-red. With age and exposure to sunlight, it turns deep maroon. Quartersawn wood features a pronounced ribbon stripe. Sapwood never reaches market.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-04-29 7:32]

Hello Subhash,
A superb capture of these Padauk trees damaged by the Sunami of 2004. The perspective along the beach and the composition are superb.
Thanks and best regards,

great trees, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-04-29 15:49]

Hi Subash,this is a great scoop post-tsunami.Excellent point of view and great colors,no better way to remember this terrible day.My best compliments,Luciano

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-04-29 16:31]

Hi Subhash,

Not only is this a beautiful land/seascape but we are able to see a little bit of the effects of the tsunami. It is even more interesting because of the lovely big trees still standing. A beautiful vertical composition of the beach, sea, sky and trees.


Hi Subash,

Impressive and appealing scenery, good POV used to compose this. The trees tower high above the beach. Tfs.


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  • BobH Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 40 W: 8 N: 192] (650)
  • [2009-05-03 18:04]

Hi Subhash-

Nice shot of some very interesting trees and an excellent note with lots of info. It is unusual to see such a large tree growing on the beach. I'm surprised so many of them survived the tsunami. There must have been much valuable wood harvested from the downed trees during the cleanup. I wonder if the stump with no trunk, sitting just above the waterline in the right center, is left over from that, or was it broken off naturally?


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