Species: Mora

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Species profile
The heartwood is pinkish brown to red brown with sometimes thin darker veins. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 1.03 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is fairly high and peeling and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Hard to saw due to hardness and interlocked grain. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct for interior only. Gluing requires care (very dense wood).It dries slowly. Slow and careful drying recommended to reduce defects. It is moderately stable to poorly stable.

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

Mora can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. industrial or heavy flooring, tool handles
• exterior: e.g. bridges, posts, sleepers, heavy carpentry

Excellent to produce charcoal.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Parcuuba, Parcuuba Vermelha, Nato Rojo, Mora, Pracuuba Branca, Nato, Morabukea, Alcornoque, Moraboekea,
Scientific name(s)
Mora excelsa, Mora gonggrijpii, Mora megistosperma, Mora parensis,
Typical use
Sleepers, Hydraulic works (fresh water), Industrial or heavy flooring, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Tool handles (resilient woods), Heavy carpentry, Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground), Poles, Turned goods,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Marked
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Red Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:80 (+/- 6) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):1,03 (+/- 0,03)
Stability:Moderately stable to poorly stable
Static bending strength:141 (+/- 13)
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 1 - Very durable
Termites:Class D - Durable
Treatability:Class 3 - Poorly 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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