Common Name: Pau Amarello
Pau amarello is a large tree, usually growing 25 - 30 metres tall but with some specimens up to 40 metres. The bole is usually unbranched for 6 - 8 metres and 40 - 80cm in diameter[
A tree with a very ornamental, yellow wood that is much in demand both in its native country and abroad. It is commonly harvested from the wild.
S. America - Amazon areas of Brazil and Peru
Lowland rainforest, on sites not subject to periodic inundation[
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A plant of the moist, lowland tropics, where it is usually found at elevations below 400 metres[
The heartwood is a uniform, bright yellow becoming yellowish light brown upon exposure; it is not sharply demarcated from the 3 - 5cm wide band of yellowish-white sapwood. The texture is fine; the grain straight or interlocked; lustre is high. The wood is moderately strong and dense; moderately hard; heavy; durable, being resistant to fungi, dry wood borers and termite attack. It dries somewhat slowly with only a slight risk of distortion but a high risk of checking; once dry it is poorly stable in service. The wood has a moderate resistance to cutting and a slight blunting effect on cutting edges; it is rather difficult to work by some hand or machine tools; planing and sanding require care in the presence of interlocked grain; it turns and carves reasonably easily; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. It is used for a wide range of purposes including decorative cabinet work and high class furniture, doors, tables, floors, joinery, panelling, turnery, railway sleepers, tool handles etc[
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