- GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: heartwood yellowish brown distinct from the pale brown sapwood. It has an accentuated fibrous aspect at the tangential figure, due to prominence of axial parenchyma, fibers and vascular lines. Grain interlocked, texture coarse, luster lacking and with not distinctive odor.
- DENSITY: medium density wood, with density at 12% moisture content of 710 kg/m3 to H. petraeum 770 kg/m3 to H. modestum and green density of 1,190 kg/m3 for both species.
- DRYING: kiln-dries very rapidly, with a slight tendency for medium twisting and springing, when submitted to the drying schedule 4.
- WORKABILITY: easy to work. Regular to good finishing when paled, turned or bored.
- DURABILITY: heartwood is rated as very durable to durable in resistance to white-and brown-rot fungi and is moderately resistant to marine borers(6). Resistant to dry-wood termites.
- PRESERVATION: sapwood very easy and heartwood difficult to be preserved, with creosote and CCA-A, with pressure-vaccum systems.
- USES: civil construction, furniture and others.