- GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: yellowish brown heartwood distinct from a very pale brown sapwood. Distinct growth rings, grain interlocked, texture medium to fine, luster lacking and not distinctive odor.
- DENSITY: heavy wood, with density at 12% moisture content of 1,080 kg/m3 and green density of 1,280 kg/m3.
- DRYING: air-drying moderately slow. (8) Kiln-dries rapidly, with a tendency for medium twisting, when submitted to the drying schedule 3.
- WORKABILITY: difficult to be worked. Excellent finishing when turned and poor finishing when planed and sanded.
- DURABILITY: resistant to fungi, insects and marine borers. Railroad crossties lasted from 10 to 20 years when used in well drained soils.
- PRESERVATION: heartwood impermeable to creosote and CCA-A, even with pressure-vaccum systems.
- USES: exterior and interior construction, flooring, sliced veneers, framing, turnery, tool handles and others.