Scleronema praecox is a tree that can grow to 35 metres tall[
]. The bole can be 50 - 80cm in diameter[
The tree is harvested from the wild for its wood.
S. America - northwest Brazil, Peru, Colombia.
Lowland rain forest, on land not subject to seasonal inundation[
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The heartwood is red-brown with the frequent presence of traumatic canals; it is clearly demarcated from the 5 - 8cm wide band of sapwood. The texture is coarse; the grain straight. The wood is moderately heavy; moderately hard; not very durable, having a good resistance to dry wood borers but susceptible to fungi and termites. It seasons slowly, with a high risk of checking and distortion; once dry it is poorly stable in service. It can be worked with ordinary tools; nailing and screwing are good; gluing is correct. The wood is used in construction, interior joinery, heavy carpentry, flooring, furniture components, matches, blockboard, moulding, veneer etc[
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