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Western Larch (Larix occidentalis)


Western Larch (Laris occidentalis)

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

Western Larch (Laris 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

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