Species: Quaruba

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Species profile
The wood is pinkish white to pinkish brown. Sometimes lined up traumatic canals. The sapwood is not clearly demarcated. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is coarse. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.52 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal; peeling is reported to be good and slicing is not recommended or without interest. Keep sharp cutters to avoid fuzzy surfaces. Nailing is poor and gluing is correct. It dries normal to slow and it must be dried slowly and carefully in order to reduce defects, especially collapse with thick material. Quartersawn recommended.

Quaruba is poorly durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood). Poorly to moderately resistant to fungi according to the species.

Quaruba can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. boxes and crates, veneer, panelling, furniture, joinery, fiber and particle boards, formwork, moulding

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:VOCHYSIACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Yemeri, Plumero, Quarubatinga, Gomo, Bella Maria, Laguno, Kouali, Goma Amarilla, Quillosisa, Wanakwari, Wiswiskwari, Cambara, Quaruba, Dormilon, Soroga, Chimbulla, Iteballi, Quillo, Kwari, Watrakwari, Saladillo,
Scientific name(s)
Vochysia spp.,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Interior joinery, Formwork, Blockboard, Current furniture or furniture components, Turned goods, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Boxes and crates, Interior panelling, Fiber or paticle boards, Moulding, Glued laminated,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Pinkish White
Physical description
Crushing strength:43 (+/- 7) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,52 (+/- 0,09)
Stability:Poorly stable
Static bending strength:74 (+/- 14) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 4 - Poorly durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
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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