Description: The sapwood is nearly white while the heartwood is grayish brown sometimes with a reddish tinge.
Mechanical Properties: Janka side hardness of 1320. Moderately stable.
Working Properties: Dries without distorsion. Works satisfoctorialy; moderate blunting effect on tools. Pre-boring often necessary in nailing. Glues well. Wood generally bends well.
Durability: Spawood is liable to attack by powder post beatles and by the common furniture beatle. The heartwood is non-durable but reported to be easy to treat.
Uses: Jointery, boatbuilding, tool handles, hardwood flooring.
The preceding information comes from "Tropical Timbers of the World", United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Agriculture Handbook Number 607, September 1984. Martin Chudnoff, Forest Products Technologist (retired), Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wis.