Dacryodes olivifera is a tree.
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - Peru, Ecuador, Colombia.
Elevations up to 2,000 metres.
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The heartwood is cream white to pinkish white; it is not clearly demarcated from the 3 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain irregular and interlocked. The wood is light in weight, soft to moderately hard; it is not durable, being susceptible to fungi, dry wood borers and termites. The wood seasons normally, with only a slight risk of checking or distortion; once dry it is moderately stable in service. The fairly high silica content of the wood has a high blunting effect, stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools are recommended; there are also difficulties caused by the highly interlocked grain; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used for purposes such as interior joinery and panelling, boxes and crates, cheaper furniture, shingles and veneer[
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