Species: Freijo / Louro Amarelo

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Freijo / Louro Amarelo
Species profile
The wood is grey yellow to grey brown or golden brown sometimes with darker veins. Large silver figure. It has clearly demarcated sapwood. The grain is straight or interlocked and the texture is medium. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.58 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal and peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Sometimes grain tearing. Sharp tools are necessary to avoid woolliness. Nailing is good but pre-boring is necessary. Gluing is correct. Freijo dries rapid with a slight tendency to end checks. Tends to split in nailing.

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

Freijo can be used for several applications:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, panelling, veneer, sliced veneer, joinery, light carpentry
• exterior: e.g. panelling, ship building, exterior joinery, vehicle or container flooring

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:BORAGINACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Louro amarelo, Freijo, Cordia Wood, Frei-Jorge, Jenny Wood,
Scientific name(s)
Cordia goeldiana,
Typical use
Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Veneer for back or face of plywood, Interior joinery, Exterior panelling, Light carpentry, Ship building (planking and deck), Sliced veneer, Exterior joinery, Interior panelling, Current furniture or furniture components, Glued laminated, Vehicle or container flooring,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:48 (+/- 7) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,58 (+/- 0,03)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:86 (+/- 7) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class D - Durable
Fungi:Class 2 - Durable
Termites:Class M - Moderately duarable
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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Freijo / Louro Amarelo