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Since 1956
  Toolsie Persaud Ltd. (TPL) has been a pioneer in developing Guyana's hinterland and producing quality construction materials.  
Sustainably Managed Forests
  A family operated business that follows sustainable forest management principles advised by the Guyana Forestry Commission.  
  350,000 hectares of rain forest
35M tonnes of quarry reserves
2,000 employees
Corporate Address
  10-12 Lombard St.
South America
Tel: + 592 226 4071-5
Fax: +592 226 0793
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Timber Species

Scientific Name: S. benthamians

Leguminosae (Papilionoideae)

ATIBT Standard Name:
International Trade Name: Saborana (68, 68a, 68b)

Other Name:
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.

Timber Processing

  • 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; interior trim.


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