ATIBT Standard Name:
International Trade Name: Saborana (68, 68a, 68b)
Guyana: Morompo, Okraprabu
Brasil: Mututuy da terra firma Saborana
French Guiana: Goue-goue, Montouchi
Suriname: Itiki boeroeballi
Venezuela: Barbasco, Canasposo, Conigrio
Wood Appearance: Heartwood chocolate
brown to pale reddish brown or purplish brown, occasionally marked
by dark olive or purlish brown stripes.
- Sapwood - distinct, very wide, nearly white.
- Texture - medium to very fine.
- Grain - generally straight but may be variable.
- Bole - 15-18m; diameter 0.3-0.6m; heigth of tree 27-34m;
Log straight, cylindrical, sometimes slightly flat in form;
bases often swollen.
Physical and Mechanical Properties:
- Weight -
- Bending Strength -
- Modulus of elasticity -
- Compression parallel to grain -
- Shock resistance -
- Green density - 1.20 (g/cm3)
- Air-dry density at 12% - 0.89 (g/cm3)
- Basic specific gravity - 0.78
- Total tangential shrinkage - 14.0 (%)
- Bending strength at 12% - 163 (N/mm2)
- Crushing strength at 12% - 85 (N/mm2)
Natural Durability: Resistance
to decay and termites is very good; resistance to insects of dry
wood good. Treatability poor.
- Drying - No information; probably similar to drying of Swartzia
leiocalycina Benth (slow rate). Risk of distortion slight,
risk of checking more or less high.
- Working - Power required for sawing.
- Assembly - Pre-boring necessary for nailing.
- Finishing - Finishes well.
Uses: Suitable for inlay; cabinet
work; walking sticks; parquet flooring; bags pipes; violin bows;
turney; fine furniture; cutlery; marquetry; musical instruments;