- GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS: heartwood pale pinkish brown to yellowish brown, becoming dark red after exposure to sunlight distinct from the lighter sapwood. Figure with stripes of dark reddish brown to black. Grain wavy or slightly interlocked, texture medium to fine, luster moderate, not distinctive odor and slightly bitter taste.
- DENSITY: heavy wood, with density at 12% moisture content of 930 kg/m3 and the green density of 1,200 kg/m3.
- DRYING: air-dries very well, without defects. Kiln-dries rapidly, with a moderate tendency for pronounced checking, when submitted to the drying schedule 3.
- WORKABILITY: easy to sand and bore, easy to turn and regular to plane. Bad finishing in planing, regular is sanding and excellent in turning and boring. Good to saw, peel into veneer, glue, screw and very good to turn. Previous boring is advisable for nailing. Finishes well and gives a very lustrous surface.
- DURABILITY: very durable. Resistant to insects and dry-wood termites.
- PRESERVATION: heartwood not treatable with CCA-A, even with pressure-vaccum systems.
- USES: exterior and interior constructions, packaging, doors, fine furniture, tool handles, cabinet work, flooring, musical instruments, decorative objects and others.