Andiroba

Andiroba (Carapa guianensis)

 

Common Names: Crabwood

 

Distribution: Central and South America

 

Color/Appearance: Heartwood is a pale reddish brown. Sapwood is a lighter pink or pale brown. Quartersawn surfaces exhibit a ribbon-like appearance similar to Sapelli.

 

Janka Hardness: 1,220 lbf

 

Density: 3.42 lbf

 

Allergies/Toxicity:  Although rare, Andiroba has been reported to cause eye and skin irritation, as well as sneezing.

 

Controlled species: CITES: no (except Carapa megistocarpa), IUCN: no (except Carapa megistocarpa)

 

Common Uses: Veneer, cabinetry, furniture, flooring, interior trim, turned objects.

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