Species: Balsa


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Balsa
Species profile
Family:MALVACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Pau De Balsa, Balsa, Gatillo, Palo De Balsa, Algodon, Balso, Lanu, Lanilla, Guano, Topa, Bois Flot,
Scientific name(s)
Ochroma pyramidale, Ochroma lagopus (synonymous),
Typical use
Wood-ware, Insulation, Model building, Floats,
Risk
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Appearance
Grain:Straight
Interlocked Grain:Absent
Sapwood:Not demarcated
Texture:Coarse
Typical colour:Creamy White
Physical description
Crushing strength:11 MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,14
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:24 MPa
Durability
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 5 - Not durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
Treatability:Class 1 - Easily permeable
References
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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