Cow Wood; Bagasse
The trees of this genus are reported to be dominant, with trunk diameters ranging from 75 to 95 cm. They develop well-formed and cylindrical boles. It presents abundant sticky white latex.
Bagassa species are reported to occur in terra firme primary or secondary forests in the Guyanas and the Brazilian Amazon.
This species occurs in Guyana and the northern South America.
The bark contains large quantities of a sweet, sticky latex.
Wood diffuse porous. Vessels solitary and in short radial multiples. Tangential diameter of vessel lumina 200 micras or more (large). Tyloses common. Vessels per mm2 less than 6 (rare). Simple perforation plates. Occasionally intervessel pits large, 10 micras o Occasionally axial parenchyma absent or extremely rare, non visible with magnifying glass (8x). Paratracheal axial parenchyma scanty and/or vasicentric. Prismatic crystals in non-chambered axial parenchyma cells. 5 to 8 cells per parenchyma strand. 4 to 10 rays per mm (medium). Rays 1 to 4 seriate. Prismatic crystals in the ray cells. Homogeneous rays and/or sub-homogeneous rays (all ray cells procumbent). Body ray cells procumbent with one row of upright and/or square marginal cells (Kribs-III). Fibers with simple to minutely bordered pits.
The sapwood is differentiated. The heartwood is yellow brown, the timber gets darker after exposure.
It is frequently slightly interlocked.
This species is reported to have a medium to coarse texture.
This wood is commonly of high luster.
It is very resistant to decay and resistant against termites and dry wood insects.
This wood is resistant to preservative treatment.
Ease of Drying: Slow drying rates give satisfactory results.
Sawing of this species is easy.
It has a good finishing.
Steam bending of this species is reportedly easy.
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