Angelim

Angelim

Angelim

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Durability

Density in kg/m3

Angelim

The Tree
H. excelsum appears to be the principal species, although some dozen species occur in the areas mentioned. They are all fairly large trees, on occasion very large, sometimes up to 45m tall and 3m in diameter.

The Timber
The sapwood is whitish or greyish in colour, gradually merging into the heartwood that is pale brown when fresh, darkening on exposure to accentuate the differences between the darker fibre layers and the lighter parenchyma bands. The wood has a small figure of the partridge-wing type. The wood is hard, tough, strong and heavy.Occasional deposits of hard gum.

Drying
Reported to dry at a moderate to fast rate with little degrade providing a careful drying schedule is followed.

Strength
Comparable to beech in bending but with an MOE slightly lower than greenheart.

Working Qualities
Easy - medium. Saws and works fairly well although rather difficult to plane due to alternating bands of hard and soft tissue. Nails and screws well.

Latin Name
Hymenolobium spp

Also known as
Angelim pedra (Brazil), Sapupira amarella (Brazil), Angelim amarello (Brazil)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Moderately easy

Moisture
Reported to be stable in service

Texture
Coarse

Origin
Brazil, Venezuela, Guianas