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


Shrinkage: 1 Radial (thickness): 3.1%

Tangential (width): 7.6%,

Volumetric (total): 10.4%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.5


Allergies/Toxicity:  1 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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