Mora

Mora

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Mora

The Tree
It is an outstanding tree, normally 30m or more high and about 1m in diameter with clear boles for 15m to 18m above the hugh buttresses. Large sections may be obtained.

The Timber
The sapwood is yellowish in colour and clearly defined from the heartwood, which is dark brown, reddish brown or dark red streaked with white or brown lines. The grain is straight or more commonly interlocked and very variable and the texture is usually coarse.

Drying
Rather difficult to dry. It dries slowly and degrade in the form of surface checking and distortion is likely to be appreciable unless care is taken. There is also a risk of collapse.

Strength
A very strong, stiff, hard tough wood with strength comparing favourably with oak, but generally a little higher in most categories.

Working Qualities
Medium - difficult. Hard to saw and machine due to interlocked grain and resin build-up on saw blades.

Latin Name
Mora excesla

Also known as
Pracuuba (Brazil)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Difficult

Moisture
Large

Texture
Coarse

Origin
Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana, Trinidad, Venezuela.