Common Name: Negra Lora
Negra lora is an evergreen tree with a compact, slightly spreading canopy, growing 9 - 18 metres tall. The bole can be 45cm in diameter[
Negra lora is an attractive, very hard, strong wood that is commonly harvested from the wild[
Caribbean - Cuba to the Virgin Islands.
Mountain forests in the transition zone between the lower and upper mountain regions of Puerto Rico[
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The heartwood is a uniform pinkish brown; it is not clearly demarcated from the lighter coloured sapwood. The wood is fine-textured; irregular and interlocked-grain; moderately lustrous; with a distinctive foul odour; growth rings are not easily distinguished. The wood is heavy; very hard; strong; it is not very durable and is very susceptible to damage by dry-wood termites and other insects[
]. It is moderately difficult to saw and machine and has an appreciable dulling effect on cutting edges; machined surfaces are of good quality in all operations except planing, in which the irregular grain causes considerable coarse fuzziness and tearing; despite its roey grain, it splits rather easily when screws are driven; it should glue well and take all stains and polishes satisfactorily[
]. The wood is well suited for furniture, cabinet-work, turnery, interior trim, flooring, and other products which require an attractive wood that works well but that need not be durable. The wood should also be useful for handles, agricultural implements, cartwrights work of all types, cart and vehicle bodies, and other uses where its hardness and strength are a consideration. It would also be suitable for both light and heavy construction of all types where durability is not, a factor and, after preservative treatment, for posts and poles[
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