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Is this a good wood type for mounting orchids.

Discussion in 'Orchid Culture' started by Russell, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. Russell

    Russell New Member

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    Hi, I curious to know if wood from the garcinia genus, here we locally call it Goraka and I think the English common name is gamboge. I know trees that have sap aren't used, this tree has a yellow sap that is used as a dye. I was wondering if I could use it if I dry the log enough, if you have any idea or opinion on what to do it would be really helpful. I'll post a picture of the log tomorrow. It's small but really dense and heavy.
     
  2. Ray

    Ray Orchid Iconoclast Supporting Member

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    If I google "garcinia", a ton of info surfaces about Garcinia cambogia extracts for weight loss, but little about the contents of the plant itself.

    I think it's unlikely many folks outside of the Philippines will be able to answer your question, but at the least, I'd soak it in plain water for several days before allowing it to dry out. Then, if the bark becomes loose, I'd strip it off.

    If you want to experiment, pick an easily-replaceable plant to be the "guinea pig".
     
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    Russell New Member

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    Yep, it's Garcinia cambogia. Got a lot of no id hybrids that are going to be the Guinea pigs. Its quite hard to cut as the sap binds up quickly with my saw, not sure on durability though. I'll add some pictures of the log.

    Thanks Ray

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