Species: Fava Amargosa

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Fava Amargosa
Species profile
The wood is bright yellow when freshly sawn, becoming yellow brown to dark brown or red brown. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is coarse. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.75 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is fairly high; peeling is not recommended and slicing is reported to be good. Sawdust may cause allergies. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct. Fava Amargossa dries rapid to normal.

Fava Amargossa is moderately durable to fungi and is durable to dry wood borers; sapwood demarcated (risk limited to sapwood).

Fava Amargossa can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, stairs, panelling, flooring, sliced veneer, industrial or heavy flooring, joinery, formwork
• exterior: e.g. exterior joinery, heavy carpentry

It is recommended to prepare surfaces and apply an undercoat, such as filling, before finishing as Fava Amargossa contains anti-siccatives.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:FABACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Scientific name(s)
Vatairea guyanensis, Vatairea paraensis, Vatairea spp., Vataireopsis araroba, Vataireopsis surinamensis,
Local and common name(s)
Geli-Kabissi, Gele Kabbes, Angelim Amargoso, Fava Amarela, Faveira Amarela, Faveira Bolacha, Maqui, Bastard Purpleheart, Inkassa, Amargo, Mari-mari, Arisoeroe, Aracuy, Fava Amargosa, Faveira Amargosa, Guerra, Arisauro, Bauwaua, Yongo, Marupa Del Bajo,
Typical use
Blockboard, Industrial or heavy flooring, Interior panelling, Exterior joinery, Stairs (inside), Formwork, Heavy carpentry, Flooring, Interior joinery, Sliced veneer, Cabinetwork (high class furniture),
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Yellow Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:58 (+/- 9) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,75 (+/- 0,12)
Stability:Moderately stable to stable
Static bending strength:110 (+/- 24) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 3 - Moderately durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
Treatability:Class 3-4 - Poorly or not 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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