Clathrotropis brachypetala (Tul.) Kleinhoonte
Aramata (Colombia); Sapán (Colombia)
Diplotropis brachypetala Tul.; Bowdichia brachypetala (Tul.) Ducke
It is a large tree, up to 35 m tall, with diameters of 70 to 80 cm. The bole is free of branches for about 15 to 20 m, with small or no buttresses.
Clathrotropis brachypetala is reported to be especially abundant in the humid valleys of the Magdalena river in Colombia.
The geographical range for this species is the tropical rain forests of Colombia and Venezuela.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Occasionally tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more. White deposits in heartwood vessels. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits simila Axial parenchyma apparent with the naked eye. Axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Axial parenchyma confluent. Axial parenchyma in thick bands. Occasionally axial parenchyma storied. Prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cell 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Occasionally rays and/or axial elements irregularly storied. Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
Seasoned wood has no characteristic odor or taste.
The yellowish to brownish white sapwood is clearly differentiated. The heartwood is dark brown when dry.
This species is reported to have straight grain.
Texture is reported to be medium to coarse.
Luster is usually moderate.
It is resistant to dry wood insects attack but susceptible to termites attack and decay.
Silica Content: Silica is present in the wood Silica Value: 0.05
Machining of this species is not easy.
It gives a smooth finishing.
It polishes well.
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