Species: Louro Vermelho / Louro Gamela / Red Louro

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Louro Vermelho / Louro Gamela / Red Louro
Species profile
The wood is light brown with pink to red brown shades. Possible presence of wind shakes. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.66 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Nailing is poor and nails holding is variable. Gluing is correct with dry woods. It dries slowly. High temperature steaming (80ºC) improves drying. Drying is not recommended for thickness > 40mm.

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

Louro Vermelho can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. panelling, high class furniture, veneer, boxes and crates, joinery, sliced veneer, moulding, light carpentry, formwork
• exterior: e.g. wood frame house, panelling, ship building, bridges, joinery, open boats

Drying problems may restrict end-uses.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:LAURACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Gamela, Louro Vermelho, Determa, Wanu, Teteroma, Louro Gamela, Baaka, Red Louro, Grignon Franc,
Scientific name(s)
Sextonia ruba, Ocotea ruba (synonymous),
Typical use
Interior joinery, Current furniture or furniture components, Ship building (planking and deck), Exterior joinery, Moulding, Veneer for interior of plywood, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Boxes and crates, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Shingles, Interior panelling, Open boats, Sliced veneer, Exterior panelling, Wood frame house, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Turned goods, Formwork,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:51 (+/- 8) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,66 (+/- 0,04)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:81 (+/- 9) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 2 - Durable
Termites:Class D - Durable
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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Louro Vermelho / Louro Gamela / Red Louro