YELLOW WOOD. There is a fine East India wood thus called, it appears to be larger and straighter than box-wood, but not so close-grained. I should think it would be found to bo a valuable wood for the arts: my specimen agrees almost perfectly with Murraga, No 275 of Dr. Wallich's collection.
This is probably a Nauclea The wood of Nauclea cordifolia according to Dr. Rox-burgh, is exceedingly beautiful in colour, like boxwood, but much lighter, and at the same time very close-grained. It is used by the inhabitants of Northern India to make combs of. Chambers are lined with filaments or bristles, and this end of the shell terminates exteriorly in a covering of these bristles, which conceal the passages; this end is consequently almost useless, but the opposite is entirely solid, and terminates in the pointed attachment of the stalk. Sometimes the shell contains three kernels, less frequently but one only, and I have heard of one coquilla nut that was entirely solid.
The substance of the shell is brittle, hard, close, and of a hazel brown, sometimes marked and dotted, but generally uniform. Under the action of sharp turning tools it is very agreeable to turn, more so than the cocoa-nut shell; it may be eccentric turned, cut into excellent screws, and admits of an admirable polish and of being lackered. On the whole it is a very useful material, and suitable for a great variety of small ornamental works, both turned and filed; coquilla nuts are extensively manufactured into the knobs of umbrellas and parasols, small toys, etc.