Species: Melancieira

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Species profile
Family:FABACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Fava Bolocha, Melancieira,
Scientific name(s)
Alexa grandiflora,
Typical use
Blockboard, Boxes and crates, Current furniture or furniture components, Bridges (Parts not in contact with water or ground), Flooring, Wood frame house, Sliced veneer, Interior joinery, Stairs (inside), Vehicle or container flooring, Heavy carpentry, Exterior panelling,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Light Yellow
Physical description
Crushing strength:60 (+/- 8) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,76 (+/- 0,09)
Stability:Poorly stable
Static bending strength:96 (+/- 9) MPa
Dry wood borers:Heartwood durable but sapwood not clearly demarcated
Fungi:Class 2 - 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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