The wood is light brown and the sapwood is clearly demarcated. The grain is straight and the texture is medium. Logs must be sawn, stored under water or treated right after felling (low durability). Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.52 g/cm3.
The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Sometimes fuzzy surface. Nailing is poor and gluing is correct. It dries normal to slowly. Kiln drying must be handled carefully and slowly in order to reduce defects, especially with thick material.
Virola is not durable to fungi and is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood).
Virola can be used for several applications such as:
• interior: e.g. veneer, furniture, boxes and crates, panelling, wood-ware, matches, cigar boxes, pulp, moulding, formwork, light carpentry, joinery, fiber and particle boards, sliced veneer
Substitute for Okoume (Aucoumea klaineana) or Ilomba (Pycnanthus angolensis) for plywood.
• CIRAD Forestry Department
|Origin:||South and Central America|
Ucuuba, Nuanamo, Chaliviande, Dalli, Yayamadou, Yayamadou Montagne, Cumala, Pintri, Camaticaro, Otivo, Virola, Sebo, Shempo, Moulomba, Yayamadou Marecae, Banak, Baboen, Cajuea, Cuajo, Sangrino,
Veneer for interior of plywood, Moulding, Boxes and crates, Shingles, Light carpentry, Interior joinery, Glued laminated, Blockboard, Cigar boxes, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Current furniture or furniture components, Formwork, Wood-ware, Matches, Interior panelling, Fiber or paticle boards, Sliced veneer, Pulp,
|Commercial restriction:||No commercial restriction|
|IUCN Red List status:|
|Typical colour:||Light Brown|
|Crushing strength:||37 (+/- 7) MPa|
|Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):||0,52 (+/- 0,07) |
|Stability:||Poorly stable |
|Static bending strength:||65 (+/- 14) MPa|
|Dry wood borers:||Class S - Susceptible|
|Fungi:||Class 5 - Not durable|
|Termites:||Class S - Susceptible|
|Treatability:||Class 1-2 - Moderately to easily permeable|
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 , with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts , CIRAD .
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