Apeiba membranacea Spruce ex Benth.
Peine Mono (Colombia); Peinecillo (Panama); Erizo (Venezuela); Peine De Mono (Ecuador); Maquisapa Ñagcha (Peru); Maquisapa naccha (Peru); Peine De Mico (Brazil); Maquisapa Ñaccha (Peru); Peine De Mono (Bolivia)
Apeiba echinata Gaertn.; Apeiba aspera subsp. aspera; Apeiba aspera Aubl.
It is a big tree, it attains heights from 30 to 35 m, with a diameter at breast height between 50 to 80 cm. Occasionally the diameter reaches 100 cm.
Apeiba membranacea is found in the tropical humid or perhumid rain forests of tropical America. It is mostly reported as an element of secondary, rarely primary, formations.
The species is reported to be distributed from Costa Rica and Panama southward to Bolivia.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 150 to 200 micras (medium). Vessels per mm2 more than 20 (very abundant). Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Vessel-ray pits si Axial parenchyma apparent with the naked eye. Axial parenchyma in marginal or in seemingly marginal bands. Apotracheal axial parenchyma diffuse and/or diffuse in aggregates. Axial parenchyma in thick bands. Axial parenchyma storied. Prismatic crystals in non-c Occasionally rays more than 10 per mm (abundant). Rays storied. Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. All ray cells upright and/or square. Heterogeneous rays and/or multiseriate heterogeneous rays. Body ray cells procumbent with over 4 rows Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
Odor and taste are indistinct.
The sapwood is white, the heartwood gradually changes into pale yellow.
The grain is frequently straight.
The wood is mostly coarse in texture.
It is reported to be high in luster.
Ease of Drying: Air seasoning is reported to be moderate. Drying Defects: Risk of cupping and checking is reported.
Sawing of this species is easy.
Planing operations are rather easy.
Molding operations are rated as fair.
Boring operations are reported to be fair.
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