Louro

Louro

Colour

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Louro

The Tree
The trees are up to 40m tall with an average diameter of 0.8m occasionally up to 1.2m. The boles are cylindrical and free of branches for between 12m to 24m, although there may be a considerable taper. However, large, long sections may be obtained.

The Timber
The timber is light reddish brown to yellow brown with a golden sheen. The sapwood is well defined and grey or creamy brown in colour. The grain is interlocked and the texture medium.

Drying
The timber is slow to dry and drying requires care to prevent development of distortion and checking. Thick sections tend to remain green in the centre for a considerable time. There is a risk of casehardening if large sections are dried too quickly.

Strength
The wood is somewhat below average in strength properties for tropical hardwoods of similar density, being about equal to oak.

Working Qualities
Easy - The weathering characteristics are very good, there being little loss of surface smoothness, and remarkably little warping or surface checking in unpainted wood exposed to the elements.

Latin Name
Nectandra spp, Ocotea spp

Also known as
Louro inhamui (Brazil), Silverballi (Guyana)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Difficult

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Medium

Origin
The Guianas, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil.