Qualea gracilior is an evergreen tree with a roundish, sparse crown; it can grow from 10 - 30 metres tall[
The tree is a source of mandioqueira wood. It is harvested from the wild for local use and for trade.
S. America - northern Brazil, Peru, Ecuador.
Rain forests, in areas not subject to seasonal inundation[
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This species is a source of 'Mandioqueira' wood. We do not have any specific information on the wood of this tree, but a general description of mandioqueira wood is as follows:-
The heartwood is a pinkish brown to red brown, sometimes olive brown; it is clearly demarcated from the 3 - 6cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is medium; the grain straight or interlocked, sometimes wavy; the unseasoned wood has an unpleasant odour. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; moderately durable, having a good resistance to dry wood borers, moderate resistance to fungi, but poor resistance to termites. It seasons at a normal rate, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It can usually be worked with ordinary tools, though some species have higher contents of silica and work better with stellite-tipped and tungsten carbide tools; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used in construction, heavy carpentry, joinery, panelling, flooring, furniture components, tool handles, boxes and crates, veneer etc[
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