Sucupira

Sucupira

Sucupira

Durability

Density in kg/m3

Sucupira

The Tree
Commonly 27m to 30m in height and about 0.6m in diameter but trees up to 1m in diameter are occasionally found. The trunk is usually straight and cylindrical without buttresses and up to 18m in length.

The Timber
The heartwood is a dull brown to reddish-brown colour with light yellow parenchyma markings especially noticeable on plain-sawn surfaces. The sapwood is narrow, whitish and clearly demarcated. The texture is coarse and the grain wavy and irregular, occasionally slightly interlocked.

Drying
Difficult. Slow to dry and care is required to prevent degrade.

Strength
High strength properties similar to greenheart.

Working Qualities
Medium - difficult - The wood is moderately difficult to work. It saws easily but is somewhat difficult to plane due to the irregular grain. It turns well, has good screw-holding power and takes wax or polish satisfactorily if a filler is used.

Latin Name
Bowdichia nitida, Bowdichia spp, Diplotropis racemosa, D. purpurea, D. martiusii

Also known as
Sapupira (Brazil), Sucupira preta (Brazil), Tatabu (Guyana)

Wood Type
Hardwood

Treatability
Difficult

Moisture
-

Texture
Coarse

Origin
South America, Brazil, Guyana, Surinam