Itauba

Itauba

Itauba

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Itauba

The Tree
A tree reaching 30m to 40m in height with a bole of 0.5m to 1m in diameter.

The Timber
The timber varies in colour from yellow brown to dark lustrous brown, sometimes with an olive cast. The sapwood is not clearly demarcated from the heartwood. The grain may be straight, interlocked or undulating. The timber is hard and heavy.

Drying
Slow to dry with a slight risk of distortion and a high risk of surface checking.

Strength
Similar to beech in bending and compression but with an MOE (modulus of elasticity) similar to greenheart.

Working Qualities
Medium - difficult. Can be difficult to work due to interlocked grain and the hardness of the timber. A good finish can be achieved and pre-boring is necessary for nailing and screwing.

Latin Name
Mezilaurus spp

Also known as
Louro itauba (Brazil)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Small

Texture
Medium

Origin
Brazil