The TreeThe tree reaches a height of 27.0m to 30.0m and a diameter of 0 6m although taller and larger specimens are found. The bole is cylindrical and 18.0m to 21.0m high.
The TimberThe sapwood is pale yellow to yellowish-white in colour, narrow and sharply demarcated from the heartwood which is yellow with darker streaks when first cut, becoming lustrous golden-brown to russet after seasoning and exposure. The gram is medium to moderately coarse and usually interlocked, presenting a rather broad striped figure on the radial surface. The timber is hard and heavy and weighs about 800 kg/m3 when dried.
DryingDries slowly but with very little degrade. It has an exceptionally low volumetric shrinkage (10.2 per cent) when drying from the green to oven dry. Tangential shrinkage is 6.6 per cent. and 5.2 per cent radially.
StrengthTatajuba compares favourably with oak except in shock resistance and shear.
Working QualitiesGood - Easy to work and takes a high lustrous finish, and holds its place well after manufacture. It lends itself well to natural bends for boat building.
Latin NameBagassa guianensis, B. tiliaefolia
Also known asTatajuba
TextureMedium to Fine