A deciduous conifer, Larix occidentalis, that is part of the Larch family. It grows in the northwestern parts of North America from Montana to British Columbia. The strong, durable, close-grain wood is used for construction, cabinetry, furniture, telephone poles, and railroad ties. Arabinogalactan is extracted from the sap.
Synonyms and Related Terms
tamarack; larch fir; Larch occidentalis
Physical and Chemical Properties
Density = 36 ppcf
Resources and Citations
- G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 437
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
- Van Nostrand's Scientific Encyclopedia, Douglas M. Considine (ed.), Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1976
- Western Pine Association, Portland, Oregon: air-dry weight = 36 pcf
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "larch." Accessed 27 Oct. 2004 .