Vatairea sericea (Ducke) Ducke
Fava Amargosa (Brazil); Geli Kabbes (Surinam); Geli-kabissi (Surinam); Amargo (Panama); Amargo (Honduras); Yongo (French Guiana); Inkassa (French Guiana); Arisauro (Guyana); Maqui (Colombia); Faveira Amargosa (Brazil)
Tipuana sericea Ducke
The trees are straight, with commercial lengths of 8 m and diameters of 50 cm in the average.
Vatairea paraensis is reported in terra firme forests in the Amazon basin.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Resinous deposits in heartwood vessels. Vestured pits. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray Axial parenchyma lozenge-aliform. Occasionally axial parenchyma confluent. Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. Prismatic crystals in chambered axial parenchyma cells and/or in fibers. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. Rays and/or axial elements irregularly storied. Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Occasionally body ray cells procumbent with one row of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-III). Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
Seasoned wood has no characteristic odor or taste.
The sapwood and heartwood are differentiated. The sapwood is described as pinkish gray and the heartwood is dark yellowish brown with brownish yellow stripes.
Irregular grain is reported in this species.
Texture is reported to be medium to coarse.
The wood luster is reported to be rather low.
This species is rated as durable to moderately durable.
The heartwood is untreatable with water soluble products.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is generally reported to be difficult. Drying Defects: Strong tendency to warp and check, collapse and honeycombing are also reported. Kiln Schedules: Careful drying is recommended.
It is moderately good in planing, but raised grain and fuzzy surfaces are common.
Boring is fair, but it has good finishing.
Sanding is considered easy, but the finishing is fair because of fuzzy surfaces.
It is difficult to cut with hand tools.
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