ATIBT Standard Name: Andiroba
Other Name: Krapa, Guino, Figueroa,
Tangare, Carapa, Crappo
Wood Appearance: Heartwood varies
from pale pink to rich red-brown when freshly sawn, darkening
to a fairly uniform dull reddish-brown. Wood resembles a plain
mahogany in appearance, but lacks its natural lustre.
- Sapwood - pale brown or oatmeal coloured, not always
- Texture - medium to coarse
- Grain - generally straight but sometimes interlocked
- Bole - 50-80 feet long, cylinderical; diameter 16-20 inches
Physical and Mechanical Properties:
Comparable in strength to European Beech. Small movement. Moderately hard
with good mechanical properties and is fairly stable in use.
- Weight - 610kg/m3 (39 lb/ft3 ) seasoned
- Bending Strength -
- Modulus of elasticity -
- Compression parallel to grain -
- Shock resistance -
Natural Durability: Heartwood
is moderately durable and fire resistant. Logs liable to attack
by ambrosia (pinhole-borer) beatles.
- Drying - Dries fairly well but rather slowly with a tendency
to split in the initial stages. Kiln Schedule C.
- Working - Saws without difficulty. Interlocked grain makes
planing difficult. Works easily and turns well, finishing smoothly.
- Assembly - Glues and holds nails well. Tendency to split on
- Finishing - Takes staining and polishing satisfactorily.
Uses: Suitable for general
carpentry, furniture, cabinet work, turnery and interior joinery.
Supplies: Occurs in reasonable
quantities in Guyana's forests. Regular supplies possible.