Garapa

Garapa

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Durability

Density in kg/m3

Garapa

The Tree
In the Argentine and southern and north-eastern Brazil the trees are usually less than 24m tall and 0.9m in diameter at maturity, but on good sites they occasionally reach a height of 30m and a diameter of 1.2m with a clear bole of 15m to 18m.

The Timber
The sapwood is narrow and whitish in colour while the heart wood is mainly yellowish, varying from yellowish-brown to pinkish-yellow, tending to acquire a reddish or coppery hue after exposure. The wood is lustrous, with a straight to roey grain (occasionally slightly interlocked) and fine, uniform texture. The wood is hard, heavy, tough, and strong.

Drying
Slow to dry with only a slight risk of degrade.

Strength
A hard, heavy, tough, and strong timber that is slightly superior to beech in strength.

Working Qualities
Easy to medium - Said to be easy to work, finishing smoothly, although the high silica content causes blunting. Pre-boring is necessary.

Latin Name
Apuleia leiocarpa

Also known as
Pau Mulato, Grapia (Brazil and Paraguy), Ferro (Brazil)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Difficult

Moisture
Reported to be moderately stable

Texture
Medium to fine

Origin
Argentina, Brazil, Peru