The TreeThe trees are without buttresses but usually basally swollen and are frequently 27m to 30m tall with a diameter of 0.6m to 1m, although much larger trees are occasionally found.
The TimberThe heartwood is deep salmon red when freshly cut, becoming a light reddish-brown when dried, resembling Honduras mahogany. The sapwood is creamy grey and clearly defined. The grain is either straight or roey. The texture is coarse and uniform.
DryingThe wood is difficult to dry with a tendency to distortion and surface checking. There is a high risk of casehardening and collapse in thicker sections.
StrengthThe strength is slightly lower than beech.
Working QualitiesEasy - Good weathering characteristics with very little surface degrade in unpainted, exposed wood.
Latin NameOcotea rubra
Also known asLouro vermelho (Brazil), Gamela (Brazil), Determa (Guyana), Wana (Surinam)
TextureMedium to coarse
OriginGuiana, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil, Trinidad