ATIBT Standard Name: Marupa
Other Name: Aceituno, Acajou
Blanc, Scemardepa, Bitterwood
Wood Appearance: Heartwood whitish,
not differentiated from the whitish or straw coloured sapwood.
Wood has a slightly bitter taste, but is odourless.
- Sapwood -
- Texture - medium, uniform and lustrous
- Grain - straight
- Bole - 70-90 feet long, cylinderical; diameter 20-24 inches
Physical and Mechanical Properties:
A very light, soft timber. In several respects very similar to
Obeche (Triplochiton scleroxylon). Movement small. Low
in bending strength stiffness, crushing strength and shock resistance.
- Weight - 430 kg/m3 (27 lb/ft3 ) seasoned.
- Bending Strength -
- Modulus of elasticity -
- Compression parallel to grain -
- Shock resistance -
Natural Durability: Timber
of low durability, blue stains easily. Green converted timber
can easily be treated by short dipping and diffusion.
- Drying - Dries very rapidly and very well. Kiln Schedule L.
- Working - Easy to work with both manual and machine tools.
- Assembly - Glues well. Can be easily nailed with good holding
- Finishing - Easy to paint, stain, or varnish.
Uses: Suitable for use where
a light, easily worked hardwood is required and where its lack
of durability and low strength are not important. Examples are
in furniture for interior use, drawer slides, and some types of
cabinet framing; interior joinery and shoe heels. Excellent qualities
for model making, utility wood ware and toy manufacture. Simarupa
peels well and makes an attractive plywood.
Supplies: Adequate supplies
available in commercial quantities.