Species: Agathis

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Species profile
The wood is cream white or light yellow often with a pink reflection. It turns golden brown on exposure. Moiré aspect. The sapwood is not clearly demarcated. The grain is straight and the texture is fine. Density at 12 % moisture content: 0.53 g/cm3.

The blunting effect is normal and the peeling and slicing is reported to be good. Planed surfaces are lustrous. Nailing is good and gluing is correct. Drying rate is normal to slow. Risk of blue stain.

Agathis is moderately to poorly durable to fungi and it is susceptible to dry wood borers; sapwood not or slightly demarcated (risk in all the wood). Moderate to good amenability to preservative treatment. Prone to blue stain.

This exclusive species is used for several purposes such as:
• interior: e.g. high class furniture, veneer, boxes and crates, light carpentry, musical instruments, moulding, sliced veneer, joinery, panelling, matches, wood-ware

Aspect similar to Merisier (Cerasus avium). Stains well.

• CIRAD Forestry Department

Family:ARAUCARIACEAE (gymnosperm)
Origin:Asia and Oceania
Local and common name(s)
Agathis, Kauri, Damar Bindang, Bendang, Menghilan, Kauri Pine, Damar Miniak, Damar Kapas, Damar Sigi, Bindang, Damar Minyak, Kaori, Almaciga,
Scientific name(s)
Agathis Dammara, Agathis Alba (synonymous), Agathis Lanceolata, Agathis Moorei, Agathis Obtusa,
Typical use
Moulding, Sliced veneer, Interior panelling, Veneer for interior of plywood, Matches, Turned goods, Boxes and crates, Light carpentry, Cabinetwork (high class furniture), Current furniture or furniture components, Interior joinery, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Cooperage, Shingles, Wood-ware, Glued laminated,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Interlocked Grain:Absent
Sapwood:Not clearly demarcated
Typical colour:Light Yellow
Physical description
Crushing strength:43 (+/- 4) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,53 (+/- 0,06)
Static bending strength:76 (+/- 9) MPa
Strength class:
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 3-4 - Moderately to poorly durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 2 - Moderately 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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