Species: Wacapou / Acapu


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Wacapou / Acapu
Species profile
The heartwood has a dark brown color with a fine stripy pattern. The grey brown sapwood is sharply demarcated. The timber has a sort of greasy touch. The grain is straight and texture is fine. Wacapou has a calcareous content.

Machining goes well with a smooth result. Pre-drilling is recommended. Gluing and finishing are reported to be good. Drying goes slowly and must be done with care to avoid checking and deformation.

Wacapou is durable to very durable in ground contact, also it is reported to be resistant against marine borers.

This exclusive species is used for several purposes:
• interior: e.g. parquet, furniture and stairs
• exterior: e.g. boardwalks, gardens, piles and bridge constructions

(Description based on the research and experiences of A. van den Berg / Precious Woods Europe BV)


Photo: FSC Denmark

Family:FABACEAE-CAESALPINIOIDEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Acapu, Sara, Tatbu, Bounaati, Wacapou, Wacapoe, Partidgewood, Ritangueira, Sarabebeballi, Bois Perdrix, Bruinhart, Tatbu,
Scientific name(s)
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Vouacapua americana,
Typical use
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Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Interior panelling, Sliced veneer, Turned goods, Poles, Hydraulic works (seawater), Heavy carpentry, Exterior joinery, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Current furniture or furniture components, Interior joinery, Flooring, Stairs (inside), Bridges (Parts in contact with water or ground), Ship building (planking and deck), Sleepers, Wood-ware,
Risk
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Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:This taxon has not yet been assessed for the IUCN Red List
Appearance
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Grain:Straight
Interlocked Grain:Absent
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Texture:Medium
Typical colour:Dark Brown
Physical description
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Crushing strength:82 (+/- 5) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,92 (+/- 0,05)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:148 (+/- 12) MPa
Durability
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Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 1 - Very durable
Termites:Class D - Durable
Treatability:Class 3 - Poorly permeable
References
Technical descriptions from the software Tropix 7 [1], with permission of the Research Unit Biomass, Wood, Energy, Bioproducts [2], CIRAD [3].

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. . Downloaded on 20 August 2015.

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