Many of the reports regarding the timber of this species have been wrongly ascribed to Dicorynia paraensis, a not very well known species from northern Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela[
Common Name: Angelique
Angelique is a tree growing up to 45 metres tall. The straight, cylindrical bole can be up to 150cm in diameter and unbranched for 15 - 18 metres[378. 422]. It is heavily buttressed[
The tree yields an excellent quality timber that has properties similar to teak. It is harvested in quantity from the wild and often exported.
Northern S. America - Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana.
Rainforests, especially on well-drained, sandy or sandy-clay soils not subject to inundation[
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In the wild the plant thrives best in deep, loamy, well-drained soils, but can also grow in wetter areas[
The heartwood is a russet colour when first cut, turning on exposure to a lustrous brown, often with a distinct reddish cast; it is sharply demarcated from the 2 - 10cm wide band of reddish sapwood. The texture is medium, the grain usually straight, with no distinctive odour or taste present in seasoned wood. In the green condition, angelique is similar to teak in most strength properties and clearly superior to white oak. It is about equal to the average for timbers of similar density in bending strength, elastic resilience, hardness, compression across the grain, shear, and toughness. It is above average in stiffness and in work to maximum load, slightly above average in crushing strength, but falls slightly below the average in tension across the grain and cleavage resistance. In the air-dry condition, angelique is superior to teak in all mechanical properties except tension perpendicular to the grain. It is superior to white oak in static-bending properties, compression parallel to the grain, and end hardness; comparable in shock resistance, side hardness, and compression across the grain; and inferior to white oak in shear, tension across the grain, and cleavage resistance. The working qualities vary according to the density and silica content but are generally rated as satisfactory. The wood finishes smoothly, splits easily, glues moderately well, and holds its place well under changes in atmospheric conditions. The wood is durable to very durable. The high resistance to decay and moderate resistance to damage by marine borers as well as its very good strength properties make angelique highly acceptable in marine construction for piling, poles, posts, and other similar uses where teredo are not a major factor. The wood is commonly used for construction purposes, bridge flooring, boat framing, carriage work, and crossties. To a limited extent, it, is also used for furniture, barrel staves, and parquet, strips and blocks. Because of small radial shrinkage, quartersawn material is considered suitable for flooring and for boat decks, frames, planking and millwork, general building construction, and agricultural implements[
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