Species: Chicha

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Species profile
Family:MALVACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Mani, Chicha, Camajura, Cacao De Mote, Saput, Maho, Huarmi-Caspi, Anacaguita, Kobehe, Mahoe, Mayagua, Achicha, Tacacazeiro, Sapote, Zapote, Kobe, Zapote Silvestre, Jahoballi, Okro-Oedoe, Camoruco,
Scientific name(s)
Sterculia apetala, Sterculia caribaea, Sterculia pruriens, Sterculia rugosa,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Fiber or paticle boards, Interior joinery, Pulp, Interior panelling, Current furniture or furniture components, Flooring, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Blockboard, Boxes and crates, Formwork, Light carpentry, Sliced veneer, Seats,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Absent
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:54 (+/- 6) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,64 (+/- 0,06)
Stability:Poorly stable
Static bending strength:93 (+/- 9) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 5 - Not durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 1 - Easily 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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