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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
Email: click here

Timber Species

Scientific Name: Platonia Insignis.
Platonia esculenia
(Arruda) Rickett & Stafleu is also valid


ATIBT Standard Name:
International Trade Name: Baccuri Pakuri

Other Name:
Guyana: Wild Mammee Apple
Brasil: Bacuri, Bacuri-bacuxiuba, Pacuru
French Guiana: Matouni, Mongo Matoaki, Moussa, Pakoueli, Parcouri
Suriname: Bakoeri, Geelhart, Pakoeli
Venezuela: Roble Maria

Wood Appearance: Heartwood yellow brown with yellow beige streaks or stripes.

  • Sapwood - distinct, beige (3-6cm).
  • Texture - medium to coarse.
  • Grain - straight
  • Bole - 18-21(-25m); diameter 0.5-0.8(-1.2)m; height of tree 20-35m; shape of the log straight and cylindrical; base swollen, or with low thick root spurs.

Physical and Mechanical Properties:

  • Weight -
  • Bending Strength -
  • Modulus of elasticity at 12% - 18200 (N/mm2)
  • Compression parallel to grain -
  • Shock resistance -
  • Green density - 1.10 (g/cm3)
  • Air-dry density at 12% - 0.85 (g/cm3)
  • Basic specific gravity - 0.77
  • Total tangential shrinkage - 10.0 (%)
  • Total radial shrinkage 5.4 (%)
  • Total volumetric shrinkage (5%) 15.5
  • Bending strength at 12% - 163 (N/mm2)
  • Crushing strength at 12% - 73 (N/mm2)

Natural Durability: Resistance is very good; resistance to termites and insects of dry wood is good. Treatability is poor.

Timber Processing

  • Drying - Requires care; risks of distortion; risks of checking more or less high; movement in service large.
  • Working - Power required for sawing. Some difficulties due to hardness or silica content; special tools recommended.
  • Assembly - Pre-boring necessary for nailing. Glues well.
  • Finishing - Finishes well.
  • Veneering - Interesting for slicing.

Uses: Flooring; stairs; furniture; carpentry; interior and exterior joinery; sliced veneer; hydraulics works; bridges mouldings


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