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Trunks of the coconut palm, a monocot, in Java. From this perspective these look not much different from trunks of a dicot or conifer

Wood is a porous and fibrous structural tissue found in the stems and roots of trees, and other woody plants.


  • Wood: Identification and Use lists no fewer than 170 woods deemed toxic. ... Hang around too much cocobolo dust and you might find yourself with conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, and nausea. Teak dust can cause swelling of the scrotum and oversensitivity to light. ... Dust from the jacarcuba tree can cause loss of appetite, and dust from the milky mangrove tree can cause temporary blindness. White cypress sawdust can lead to nasal cancer and swelling of the eyelids. There's even evidence linking the wood dust from commonplace oak and beech to cancer of the upper respiratory tract. ... try to avoid splinters from mulga wood, found in Australia; the wood contains a poison the aboriginals used on spearheads.

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