Species: Breu / Breu Branco

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Breu / Breu Branco
Species profile
The heartwood of Breu branco has a whitish grey colour, sometimes with a light brown or pinkish shade. It is difficult to distinguish the sapwood. The grain is straight and often remarkable interlocked. The texture is medium coarse.

The working properties are good. The presence of Silica causes a blunting effect on the tools. In situations with interlocked grain, sharp tools are needed to achieve a smooth result. Pre-drilling is advised. Finishing and gluing are reported to be good. Drying goes easy with limited drying defects.

The less durable and light coloured timber is only used for interior applications like doors, window frames and carpentry.

(Description by Precious Woods)

Family:BURSERACEAE (angiosperm)
Origin:South and Central America
Local and common name(s)
Carano, Aruru, Anime, Currucay, Haiawa, Porokay, Tinguimoni, Azucarito, Almecega, Breu, Carano, Anime Blanco, Kurokay, Encens Blanc, Encens Gris, Encens Rouge, Copal-Caspi, Breu Branco,
Scientific name(s)
Protium spp.,
Typical use
Veneer for interior of plywood, Boxes and crates, Interior panelling, Blockboard, Veneer for back or face of plywood, Current furniture or furniture components, Formwork, Fiber or paticle boards,
Commercial restriction:No commercial restriction
IUCN Red List status:
Grain:Straigth or interlocked
Interlocked Grain:Slight
Sapwood:Not demarcated
Typical colour:Light Brown
Physical description
Crushing strength:57 (+/- 3) MPa
Specific Gravity (at 12% MC):0,64 (+/- 0,04)
Stability:Moderately stable
Static bending strength:85 (+/- 13) MPa
Dry wood borers:Class S - Susceptible
Fungi:Class 5 - Not durable
Termites:Class S - Susceptible
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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Breu / Breu Branco