The TreeThe 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 TimberThe 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.
DryingThe 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.
StrengthThe wood is somewhat below average in strength properties for tropical hardwoods of similar density, being about equal to oak.
Working QualitiesEasy - 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 NameNectandra spp, Ocotea spp
Also known asLouro inhamui (Brazil), Silverballi (Guyana)
OriginThe Guianas, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil.