Taralea oppositifolia Aubl.
Tarala (Guyana); Cumaru rana (Brazil); Shihuahuaco (Peru); Almendrillo (Bolivia)
Dipteryx oppositifolia (Aubl.) Willd.; Cumaruna oppositifolia (Aubl.) Kuntze; Coumarouna oppositifolia (Aubl.) Taub.
T. oppositifolia is often about 30 m in height, with a trunk diameter of about 60 to 90 cm. The boles are straight and cylindrical, with a commercial length of 20 m in the average.
Taralea oppositifolia is found in the tropical and subtropical rain forests of South America. It prefers deep soils.
The natural growth range of this species is northern South America, down to Bolivia.
Wood diffuse porous. Occasionally vessels in dendritic pattern. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Red-colored deposits in heartwood vessels. Vestured pits. Vessels per mm2 6 to 10 (m Axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Axial parenchyma aliform. Axial parenchyma confluent. Axial parenchyma storied. Prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cells and/or in fibers. Rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays less than 4 per mm (rare). Rays storied. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Non-septate fibers. Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits. Fibers storied.
Odor is distinct.
The wood is differentiated, with a sharp contrast between sapwood and heartwood. It is dark brown to reddish brown in color, with dark streaks.
The grain is frequently interlocked.
This wood has a somewhat medium texture.
This species has moderate to high luster.
T. oppositifolia is a very durable timber.
The heartwood is extremely difficult to impregnate.
Kiln Schedules: This species is recommended to be dried in small pieces.
It is reported to be easier to saw when green wood is processed.
The machining of this species is reported to be easier when green because of its hardness.
Planing operations are rated as fair.
Boring operations are fair when green.
It has a good finishing.
It is reported to be a possible substitute of Lignum vitae (Guaiacum officinalis).
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