In Decking, Wood Species, Floors, Rough sawn


Astronium lecointei Ducke, Anacardiaceae
Other names:
Aderno-preto, aroeira, aroeirão, baracatiara, gonçaleiro, gonçalo-alves, maracatiara, maracatiara-branca, maracatiara-vermelha, muiracatiara-rajada, muiraquatiara and sanguessugueira.
General features:
Heartwood and sapwood distinct by color, varying heartwood of beige-rosy to dark-reddish-brown, with darker streaks; moderate brightness; imperceptible smell and taste; high density; hard to cut; irregular grain; medium texture.
Durability and Treatment:
Natural durability: muiracatiara wood is very durable, it is not attacked by insects or dry wood termites. In field trials, it demonstrated natural durability of less than 7 years. In marine environment, it was intensely attacked by perforating organisms.
Treatability: heartwood is not treatable with CCA-A, even under pressure. Impermeable or of very low permeability to the preservative solutions.
Processing Characteristics:
Workability: muiracatiara wood is easy to work with and allows excellent finishing. It receives well paint and varnish.
Drying: in the air-drying the muiracatiara wood presents problems of warping and cracks. If artificial drying is very drastic, deep cracking and surface hardening may occur.
Physical properties

Mass Density – Apparent at 15% humidity: 970 kg/m³ / Basic: 810 kg/m³
Shrinkage – Radial: 3.3% / Tangential 6.3% / Volumetric 11.2%


• Internal heavyweight: trusses, beams, rafters
• Lightweight in frames: shutters, doors, frames, stops, windows
• Internal heavyweight, decorative: shoe molding, trims, baseboards, linings, wainscoting

• Boards
• Sticks
• Parquets

• High quality: decorative furniture

Other uses:
• Decorative Laminates
• Turned parts
• Decoration and adornment
• Cables for cutlery
• Bent or curved parts
• Tool Cables
• Agricultural implements
• Transport
• Manufacture of vats

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