Patagonula americana L.
Pau-d`arco; Lanza blanca; Ipe branco; Guayubi; Guayaibimoroti; Guayaibi ra; Guayaibi moroti; Guayaibi; Guayabil; Guayabi negro; Guayabi moroti; Guayabi d`argentine; Guayabi crespo; Guayabi blanco; Guayabi; Guatuvira; Guarapuvira; Guarapovira; Guaraiuva; Guajuvira branca; Guajubira; Guajivira; Guajibira; Guaijibira; Guaiaibira; Guaiabl branco; Guaiabira; Cuayabi; Crespo; Ape branco; Guayabi Amarillo; Guaiuvira (Brazil); Guajuvira; Guayaba
Patagonula glabra Miers; Patagonula australis Salisb.; Cordia patagonula Aiton
P. americana is often about 10 to 25 m in height, with a trunk diameter of about 70 to 80 cm.
Patagonula americana is a pioneer species found in primary and secondary forests. It prefers deep and humid soils, but it is also found in swampy areas.
In Brazil this species is reported to grow from the north-east of Rio Grande do Sul until Sao Paulo.
The sapwood of P. americana is locally used for bow making by the Bolivian natives.
Vessels in tangential pattern. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines (included in reticulate and scalariform).
Odor and taste are reported to be indistinct.
The sapwood is whitish in color, with a gradual transition into a light brown heartwood, with faint darker streaks.
This species is reported to have straight grain.
It is considered as moderately durable provided it is not in contact with the ground.
It has a high absorption of oil and water based preservatives.
Ease of Drying: In air dry condition it dries slowly with little warping. Drying Defects: Checks and splits when big dimensions are used.
Sawmilling of this species is reportedly easy.
It is reported to be easy to process, with a good finishing.
Planing of this species is reported to be easy.
This species is easy to bore.
It is easy to finish.
It is reported to be possible to bend.
It is reported to be comparable with European Beech (Fraxinus excelsior) and African Limba (Terminalia superba).
FURNITURE AND CABINETS, TOOLS, agricultural tools