Species: Karri

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Species profile
Karri presently commercialized does not come from primary forests anymore ; it only comes from regrowth forests (Australia) as well as plantations (in particular South Africa).

The wood is pinkish brown. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.90 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is fairly high and peeling and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct. It dries slowly.

Karri is durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).

Karri can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, flooring, stairs, panelling, industrial or heavy flooring, moulding
• exterior: e.g. panelling, bridges, vehicle or container flooring, heavy carpentry

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:MYRTACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Scientific name(s)
Eucalyptus Diversicolor,
Typical use
Industrial or heavy flooring, Vehicle or container flooring, Glued laminated, Exterior panelling, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Flooring, Heavy carpentry, Interior panelling, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Moulding,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Pinkish Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:71 MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,90
Stability:Poorly stable
Static bending strength:119 MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 2 - Durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 4 - Not permeable
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

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