Andira

Latin name: Andira spp

 

Also known as: Maquilla (Mexico), Angelin (Trinidad and Tobago), Acapurana (Brazil)


Wood Type:

Hardwood

Durability:

Durable (Some species listed as Very Durable)

Treatability:

Difficult

Moisture Movement:

Small

Density (mean, Kg/m³):

800

Texture:

Coarse

Availability:

Limited availability at specialist timber merchant

Use(s):

Joinery - Exterior, Joinery - Interior, Furniture, Flooring, Cladding

Colour(s):

Pink/pale red, Reddish brown

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Environmental

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species classifies A. galeottiana as VU – Vunerable: at risk of extinction. However, other Andira spp believed available from certified sources.

 

Distribution

Occurs throughout the West Indies and from southern Mexico through Central America to northern South America and Brazil.

 

The tree

The trees are unbuttressed, and of moderate size up to 40m tall and with boles of 0.5m to 1m, with a clear bole of up to 30m achieved.

 

The timber

The sapwood is narrow and pale brown to greyish yellow.

 

Drying

Dries at a moderate rate with little degrade, sapwood may be susceptible to sap-stain.

 

Strength

Comparable to beech in bending but with an MOE (modulus of elasticity) slightly lower than greenheart.

 

Working qualities

Moderate - Saws and works fairly well, with some difficulty in planing to a smooth surface due to bands of soft and hard tissue. Holds nails and screws well, and glues satisfactorily.

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