Red louro

Red louro

Red louro

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Red louro

The Tree
The 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 Timber
The 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.

Drying
The 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.

Strength
The strength is slightly lower than beech.

Working Qualities
Easy - Good weathering characteristics with very little surface degrade in unpainted, exposed wood.

Latin Name
Ocotea rubra

Also known as
Louro vermelho (Brazil), Gamela (Brazil), Determa (Guyana), Wana (Surinam)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Extremely Difficult

Moisture
Medium

Texture
Medium to coarse

Origin
Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, Brazil, Trinidad