Diospyros guianensis (Aubl.) Gurke
Moena Negra (Peru)
Paralea guianensis Aubl
It is reported to grow to heights of about 25 m, usually with trunk diameters from 50 to 60 cm. This species has straight, cylindrical boles, presenting small thick buttresses of about 50 cm high.
The geographical range for this species is the Peruvian Amazon forest. In Peru it grows in the departments of Loreto, Ucayali, Huanuco and Madre de Dios, in Loreto it is reported to be found in the margins of the Nanay river.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 100 micras or less (very small). Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation p Axial parenchyma in continuous tangential lines (included in reticulate and scalariform). Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. 3 to 4 cells per parenchyma strand. Axial parenchyma in narrow bands on lines up to 3 cells wide. Axial paren Occasionally rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays 1 to 2 seriate. Heterogeneous rays and/or multiseriate heterogeneous rays. Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-I). Fibers with distinctly bordered pits. Occasionally fibers with distinctly bordered pits.
Odor and taste are indistinct.
The sapwood is not clearly differentiated, the heartwood is pale brown when dry.
It has straight grain.
The texture of the wood is medium.
The wood surface is described as moderate in luster.
Ease of Drying: It is reported to be easy to dry. Drying Defects: Slight risk of warping and checking is reported.
It has a very smooth finishing.
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