Goncalo Alves (Astronium fraxinifolium)

 
 
 
 

Family - Anacardiaceae
Distribution - Central and tropical South America, mainly Brazil.
Other Names: Bois de zebre, Bossona, Bototo, Coubaril, Gateado, Gomavel, Guarabu bata / encirado / rajado, Gusanero, Jejuira, Kingwood, Locustwood, Muira, Muiraquatiara, Mura, Rajado branco, Red astronium, Robel gateado, Sangue, Tigerwood, Urunday, Urunday-para, Yoke, Zebrawood, Zorrowood
Characteristics: The timber is reddish-brown in colour, richly mottled with darker spots and streaks. It has a medium texture, irregular and somewhat interlocking grain, often with broad contrary layers of hard and soft material. It weighs about 950 kg/m3 when dried.
Working Qualities: It is a difficult timber to work, but finishes with a high natural polish. It turns well.
Uses: High class furniture, cabinet making, fancy goods, musical instruments and turnery.

 
 
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